Of Mice And Men | Key Quotes | Candy

‘a pretty nice fella’ – Candy (about the boss) | Page 41, Chapter 2 | Candy is nice about the boss as a result of him letting Candy work despite his disability | Themes ~ Powerlessness |
‘That dog ain’t no good to himself’ – Slim (to Candy about Candy’s dog) | Page 72, Chapter 3 | Enhancing the idea that if you’re old and disabled (like Candy and his dog alike) then you’re better off dead | Themes ~ Prejudice, Powerlessness, Relationships |
‘An’ they gave me two hundred an’ fifty dollars ’cause I los’ my hand’ – Candy (to George and Lennie) | Page 87, Chapter 3 | Enhancing the idea that the only reason Candy has anything is as a result of his disability | Themes ~ Dreams, Powerlessness |
‘I ain’t got no relatives nor nothin’ – Candy (to George and Lennie) | Page 87, Chapter 3 | When his dog is shot he has nobody left, his relationship with his dog links to George and Lennie’s relationship | Themes ~ Loneliness, Relationships |
‘When they can me here I wisht somebody’d shoot me’ – Candy (to George and Lennie) | Page 88, Chapter 3 | Foreshadowing Lennie being shot by George | Themes ~ Powerlessness |
‘They’ll can me purty soon. Jus’ as soon as I can’t swamp out no bunk houses they’ll put me on the county’ – Candy (to George and Lennie) | Page 88, Chapter 3 | Relates to the context of the novella through revealing how 1930’s America was no place for sentimentality | Themes ~ Prejudice, Powerlessness |
‘I ought to of shot that dog myself’, ‘let no stranger shoot my dog’ – Candy (to George and Lennie) | Page 89, Chapter 3 | Links to the relationship of George and Lennie, foreshadowing Lennie being shot by George | Themes ~ Powerlessness, Loneliness, Relationships |
‘Tell ya what Lennie I been figuring out about those rabbits’ – Candy (to Lennie) | Page 107, Chapter 4 | Candy has a newfound excitement about the dream, alike Lennie’s excitement about the rabbits, in the dream of a life away from the prejudice of the ranch | Themes ~ Dreams |
‘Curley maybe ain’t gonna like his wife out in the barn with us “bindle stiffs”.’ – Candy (to Curley’s Wife) | Page 112, Chapter 4 | Lennie, Candy and Crooks are called ‘bindle stiffs’ by Curley’s Wife as a result of them all being victims of prejudice, linking to when she calls them the ‘weak ones’ | Themes ~ Prejudice |
‘lousy tart’ – Candy (to Curley’s Wife when dead) | Page 132, Chapter 5 | He uses bitter language as a result of the dream dying because of Lennie killing Curley’s Wife, the impact is enhanced because of Candy buying into the dream | Themes ~ Loneliness, Powerlessness |

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