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Of Mice and Men

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Candy's Dog

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What is the significance of Candy's dog in the story?

Select ALL that apply.

A

The dog represents the old and the infirm, who, in the 1930s, were treated as useless once it was perceived they could no longer contribute to society.

B

The dog provides an opportunity for the most clear instance of foreshadowing as his death is so similar to Lennie's in many respects.

C

The relationship between Candy and his dog is parallel to the relationship between Lennie and George, which adds depth and complexity to the plot.

D

The dog is an extension of Candy himself, further highlighting Candy's age and weakness.

E

Candy's dog is a symbol of the men on the ranch. The dog is powerless to defend himself against the men's decision to shoot him, just as the men are powerless against the society in which they are forced to travel from job to job, without much say in their own fate.