Of Mice and Men

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Of Mice and Men Essay
Compare the episodes in which Candy’s dog and Lennie die. How has Steinbeck made these events effective for the reader?

John Ernst Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California on February 27, 1902. He worked as a farm labourer on ranches from 1919 to 1926. This experience has influenced the setting of the novella Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck met someone like Lennie Small which obviously provided Lennie’s character. I am going to compare the events in which Candy’s dog and Lennie die in the novella. I will also talk about how John Steinbeck made the events effective for the reader. There are several themes in the novella Of Mice and Men. These are loyalty, friendship, loneliness and isolation, dreams of something
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For example George had to tell Lennie not to drink too much water or else he would get sick like he did the night before. Lennie was also described like an animal when Steinbeck described Lennie’s hand as a ‘paw’ which a dog also has. Also just like George seeks a sense of comfort from Lennie so does Candy from his dog. Candy and his dog’s relationship is seen by the audience as very realistic. It is a relationship between a human and a dog companion. As Candy said “Well-hell! I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup,” on page 71, like Candy most people have had their dogs since they were pups and has grown a very close and strong bond with it like Candy has done with his dog. Also if he had it from a pup it’s like a child to him and as an old swamper with no family the dog is his only source of companionship and friend. In the novella Of Mice and Men both Lennie and Candy’s dog dies. The dog was killed by Carlson with a bullet in the back of his head with Carlson’s Luger pistol. Carlson convinced Candy to kill him because the dog was useless to itself and he wouldn’t hurt it while killing it as he said on page 72, “The way I’d shoot him, he wouldn’t feel nothing.” Lennie was killed by George by the Salinas River. George killed Lennie because Curly was going to kill Lennie for killing his wife and I guess thought he should do it. Both Candy’s dog and Lennie was killed by a shot

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