Look at the Way a Theme or Character Is Presented in Your Chosen Text. Include in Your Response Any Social, Cultural and Historical Contexts That Are Important to Your Understanding of the Theme or Character.

Look at the way a theme or character is presented in your chosen text. Include in your response any social, cultural and historical contexts that are important to your understanding of the theme or character.

The character I have chosen to write about is Candy in the novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck.

Candy is sort of like a narrator in the beginning of the story. He is the oldest ranch hand in the novel, who knows just about everything about everyone!   He provides George with all the information he needs to know about most of the people on the ranch and the reader learns a lot from this too.

Candy has lost his hand in a farm accident. Having only one hand means he is only good for cleaning. he fears that he will soon be ‘canned’ and will have to leave the ranch and if that happened he won’t be about to find anymore more jobs due to his age and single hand.   Because of this Candy rarely challenges anyone in the novel. We only see this once when he attempts to challenge Curley’s wife who is flirting with Lennie and he is left even more powerless than before.

Candy tries to convince George to allow him to go with him to the ranch that he and Lennie dream of.   He has the money to put down as a deposit payment on the farm from the compensation from his accident, but he wants to work there too. He knows that he is not likely to be kept on at the ranch much longer and has no one who will help him. This is his best chance to survive and his last chance to feel useful or have a little dream of his own.

Candy owns a small and very old dog that he has grown very attached to, later in the book his dog is shot after the rest of the ranch all agree it isn’t any good and it is just cruel to keep it alive in the sorry state it is in (going blind and limping).

Steinbeck wrote his novel during the ‘Great Depression’, when many people moved to seek their fortune and follow their dreams (sadly very few people achieved this). Steinbeck himself began a dream,...