Candy The OLd Handyman

One of the book’s major themes and several of its dominant symbols revolve around Candy. The old handyman, aging and left with only one hand as the result of an accident, worries that the boss will soon declare him useless and demand that he leave the ranch. Of course, life on the ranch—especially Candy’s dog, once an impressive sheep herder but now toothless, foul-smelling, and brittle with age—supports Candy’s fears. He was struggling and nothing seemed to get better for him or his dog.


Candy was a very good man and he was very useful at the ranch until he lost his hand. He is very worried about his future at the ranch. He is going through allot of things now that he let his friend convince him to put his dog out of it misery. Candy was in a tough spot and needed some help.

Candys dog

The fate of Candy’s ancient dog, which Carlson shoots in the back of the head in an alleged act of mercy, foreshadows the manner of Lennie’s death.