Behaviour He likes to gossip. He is sad when his dog is killed. He is very friendly to those who arent horrible to him. He likes to talk, he is very talkative and quite lonely as he has no one his own age and his job means that he is alone most of the time that he works. He gets hopeful when George and Lennie invite him into their dream as his money could make it a reality. He is friendly to Crooks when he goes into his room You got a nice cozy little place here… Must be nice to have a room all to yourself this way
Appearance Candy is a tall, stooped shouldered old man, dressed in blue jeans and held a push broom in his left hand. He pointed with his right arm, and out of the sleeve came a round stick-like wrist, but no hand chpt. two
Key things they say I aint much good with ony one hand. I lost my right hand right here on this ranch.…but I could cook and tend the chickens and hoe the garden some. Howd that be? chpt. three I had enough, he said angrily you aint wanted here…we got our own lan, and its ours, an we cn go to it. chpt. four
The other men talk about his dog, complaining about its age and smell, saying that it has rheumatism. Candys dog is used as an extended metaphor for Candy himself. Got no teeth, he said Hes all stiff with rheumatism. He aint no good to you, Candy. An he aint no good to himself. Whynt you shoot him, Candy? chpt three Key things other people say about him
Their purpose in the book Candy is a dramatic device, he is used to move the plot forward in several places; he meets George and Lennie when they first arrive at the ranch, he also contributes the 350 dollars towards the purchase of the farm. He finds Curleys wife dead in the barn.
How Steinbeck portrays him He portrays him as useless and an outcast due to his age and his disability. The use of the extended metaphor of his dog to represent him shows that there is no place for old infirm things on the ranch. Got no teeth, he said Hes all stiff with rheumatism. He aint no good to you, Candy. An he aint no good to himself. Whynt you shoot him, Candy? chpt three
His dream When George and Lennie tell him about their dream, he offers to contribute his money of 350 dollars by the end of the month, and this gave all three of the men hope. He shares the American dream with George and Lennie, of owning their own farm and living off the land. Though this dream is crushed at the end of the book. Now Candy spoke his greatest fear. You an me can get that little place, cant we, George? You an me can go there an live nice, cant we George? Cant we?
Key events they are involved in He is the first to meet George and Lennie when they first arrive at the ranch. His dog is shot, showing that there wasnt any place for old things on the ranch. He offers to contribute 350 dollars towards buying the land with George and Lennie. He finds Curleys wife dead in the barn, and helps George escape from blame.