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A World Without Motivation In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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A World Without Motivation It is no surprise that the world we live in is a harsh and unforgiving place. However, this phenomenon is exemplified immensely in John Steinbeck’s novel. Throughout the book many characters come excruciatingly close to their dreams, yet instead of reaching their goals, they sadly fall flat. During all of this, the characters each face their own misfortunes and discriminations. The world inside Of Mice and Men is a cruel place where dreams never come true, especially for Candy, Lennie and George. These three ranchers, located in a small town, struggle to keep their guard up as they fight for their dreams. Candy has gone through insufferable amounts of pain to become closer to his dreams only for them to vanish before him. Candy has always wanted a place where he cannot be fired from work simply for his age. He lived this dream through his dog whom he kept until it’s declining years. When Carlson and Slim begin to notice this, they urge Candy to put down his dog because he was beginning to smell and became to old to have any quality of life. Carlson, a selfish and bitter ranch hand, pushes Candy so far he obliges and allows him to shot his dog and put him out of his misery. Candy says that his only regret is “’I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shot my dog‘” (Steinbeck 64). When Candy finally found a place where he couldn’t be pushed out due to his
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