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In his Novel Of Mice and Men Steinbeck describes vividly the hardship and especially the loneliness of people during the depression In order to overcome these feelings Candy one of the main characters in the novel takes care of on old blind and lame dog At the same time George and Lennie hold tightly to their friendship We can find many parallels between the relationships between George and Lennie and Candy and his old dog The dog and Lennie are loyal partners in this lonely world they are nuisance and it was necessary for their partners to get rid of them in order to survive even though and the killing was a tragic cruel act Candy and his dog Lennie and George each gain a sense of belonging by having a partner Candy is an old worker who works for the farm for many years He has a stable job but what gives him a sense of belonging and love is his old blind lame dog The friendship with the dog raises Candys life to be more meaningful than just being alive and a survivor The same thing is about the friendship between Lennie and George Lennie needs George more than just to survive he needs him to feel as if he belongs to someone and some future dream As Lennie says because I got you too look after me and I got you got me to look after you page 14 Partnership suggests some comfort and meaning in this lonely world Although Lennie and the dog are good and loyal partners they are both nuisance The old dog stinks badly and people in the farmhouse want Candy to get rid of him because his stink hangs around even after hes gone page 44 Lennie is nuisance to George because he constantly gets into trouble From the beginning of the story we understand that George and Lennie are on the run because
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