Of Mice and Men

Candy

Candy

Candy has one hand because of an accident that occurred. He is frightened that the ranch owner may soon declare him and his dog (former sheep herder but now is old) useless. Carson wants to put the dog down because it is very useless but Candy will not let him Candy gets lost in his dreams sometimes and forgets about the harsh reality on the farm.


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'Of Mice and Men' name analysis: Candy
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Candy is "a tall, stoop-shouldered old man … . He was dressed in blue jeans and carried a big push-broom in his left hand." His right hand is simply a stump because he lost his hand in a ranch accident. Now the owners of the ranch keep him on as long as he can "swamp" out or clean the bunkhouse. Candy gives Steinbeck an opportunity to discuss social discrimination based on age and handicaps. Candy represents what happens to everyone who gets old in American society: They are let go, canned, thrown out, used up. Candy's greatest fear is that once he is no longer able to help with the cleaning he will be "disposed of." Like his old dog, he has lived beyond his usefulness.