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The killing of Candys dog was related to when George killed Lennie in several ways First of all both the dog and Lennie were weak and killed as soon as they became useless to the society Also the dog was Candys friend and Lennie was Georges friend In both cases Slim viewed the deaths as mercy killings The last similarity was that both Candy and George felt lonely after the death of their companions The difference was that Carlson killed the dog for selfish reasons while George killed Lennie out of mercy This was how the killing of the dog relates to the killing of Lennie The society wished both Lennie and the dog dead as soon as they were no longer useful to it The dog was smelly and old therefore it became unwanted by the society Carlson said God awmighty that dog stinks Get him outta here Candy I dont know nothing that stinks as bad as an old dog You gotta get him out Pg 45 This showed that even though he was probably aware of the fact that the dog was Candys good friend he did not care He only cared about his own interests which were to get rid of an old animal that was useless to him This showed his self-centeredness and since Carlson represented the society it also showed how unwilling the society was to understand its own vice Slim said Hes all stiff with rheumatism He aint no good to you Candy An he aint no good to himself Whynt you shoot him Candy Pg 45 This displayed that Slim views this as a mercy killing He wanted the dog dead for its own good not to satisfy his selfish desires Since Slim was the god-like character in the novel he also conveyed the authors views on the subject This showed that the author saw that killing the dog with mercy was a good
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