Candy Character Analysis
From the beginning, Candy can be seen as a vulnerable character. First, he is old and views himself as someone likely to die soon. Moreover, he does not have any close relatives that can take care of him once he is out of this ranch. This is why he sees the opportunity to buy a ranch as a good one to him.
He also comes out as a pessimistic person. From his conversation with George, he says that he does not see himself living for long. That means that if they purchase the ranch. It is George and Lennie that will remain in control after he dies.
Due to his advanced age, he has also become lonely. His interaction with Lennie and George makes the reader view him as someone who yearns for companionship. He views George and Lennie as the people who can replace relatives that he does not have. For example, he gossips about Curley and warns them not to say anything to other people. This shoes that he wants to go to any length to make friends even if it means getting into the business of other people in the ranch.
Candy is also fearful. For example, he does not want Curley to know he gossiped about him to Lennie and George. Part of his fear is because Candy does not have any other place to live apart from this ranch.
Clingy is the next word that can be used to describe candy. Right from the beginning, the readers are told that he has a dog. The dog has become old, but Candy does not see any reason to get rid of it. Even though Carlson says Candy should be given a young puppy, it takes a lot convincing for Candy to accept the dog should be killed. That also makes the reader know that Candy is emotional. Even after he accepts the dog should be killed, he does not want it to die in his own hands. That is why he accepts that Carlson should kill it for him.
Candy’s generosity is seen when he accepts to give his savings to George and Lennie so that they can purchase the ranch. That is why he is deeply hurt when Lennie kills Curley’s wife. He sees that his dream of owning the ranch together with George is now far from being actualized.