What does Carlson’s persistence in arguing for Candy’s dog to be shot, tell us about what sort of man he is?

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This is such a heart-wrenching chapter! Carlson illustrates the theme of intolerance; he embodies it the most in the novella. He is a white male who is strong physcially. Candy, on the other hand, has only one hand and is old, which is similar to his poor dog. Because of their distinct differences, Carlson represents those in society who only care for themselves. During this time period, there was no equality for a woman, the elderly, or a man other than a white man. Moreover, the dog is "cramping his style" so to speak. The dog stinks and is old, so Carlson does not think it has a purpose; therefore, he wants to just shoot it. He is a...

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