The protest novel, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, Candy and his dog are similar to George and Lennie. The two pairs have a bond, history and lifestyle that are similar to one another and even hint at foreshadowing, or what may happen, throughout the novel.
George and Lennie, the main characters, have been together for uncounted amount of years, but are expressed as a long time. For example, George states. “I told his old lady I’d take care of him,” (22). This quote shows that George knew Lennie’s mom, or maybe even his family, and had known them both enough to take care of Lennie. Candy and his dog share the same long-time bond that Lennie and George share. This is expressed when Candy states, “Well-hell! I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup. I herded sheep with him.”
In both cases, one of them relies pretty much completely on the other. Lennie is strong and can work hard but without George, he is merely like a child. Candy's dog is a liability because, like Lennie, he is completely dependent on someone else. Their only saving grace was a person who loved them. For example Lennie’s and George’s conversation proves this, “‘George… I ain’t got mine. I musta lost it.’ He looked down at the ground in despair. ‘You never had none, you crazy bastard. I got both of ‘em here. Think I’d let you carry your own work card?’”(5)
Also, In a lot of ways, the killing of the dog is a foreshadowing of the end of the book. However, the