Monday, March 10, 2008
Young Pups and Ol' Dogs
After we finish putting up our bindles, we're going to move into chapter three of our book. This chapter deals heavily with Candy and his old dog. This dog has no name except for the title "Candy's Dog," but is much loved by the old man. He and the dog have spent much time together and the dog seems to be the only friend Candy feels he can count on.
Just as Candy is in danger of losing his old dog, Lennie receives one of Slim's new pups. The contrast between the new pup and the old dog really shows how cruel and seemingly unjust life was during the Great Depression.
To examine the relationship between the characters and the dogs, we're going to talk about symbolism. We had some discussion about symbolism when we read To Kill a Mockingbird. Now, we're going to apply this literary device to Of Mice and Men.