(Original post by Starrstruck)
Question: What methods does Steinbeck use in this passage to present Candy? I would really appreciate any feeback and I apologise for the length!
Steinbeck uses different methods in this passage to create Candy in order to create a certain impact upon the readers and convey different messages. [What are these impacts? You need to be more specific and through what types of semantic fields help convey Candy in this way?]
One of the predominant methods used in the passage is language techniques. Candy repeats "I seen her give Slim the eye" twice to George. Steinbeck deliberately used repition in order to indicate to the readers that Candy is someone who likes to gossip as it is his only form on entertainment. I also think Steinbeck chose for Candy to repeat those particular words because perhaps Candy wanted to get a certain reaction out of George and I also think Candy wanted to emphasize his dislike for Curley's wife. [Confident interpretations here, but for them to be sophisticated analyse the repeated word, which thus will allow you connect your analysis to your interpretations.]
Moreover, I think Candy may have repeated his words to perhaps show how happy and excited he is to share his gossip as he has no one else to talk to. This could also imply that Candy's opinions are usually ignores by other ranch men, clearly showing the readers he has a low status on the ranch and is often lonely.
Furthermore, another language device Steinbeck uses in the passage to present Candy is adjectives. There are a variety of them used such as "reassures" and "safe" in order to describe Candy's feelings. The fact that Candy feels "safe" around George implies that he is perhaps hesitant to talk to other ranch men as they usually disrespect him and don't listen to his opinions. This could also suggest that he is a perceptive person when it comes to meeting new people, therefore he immediately feels "reassure" when he's around George because he knows he is a good person. [Your analysis of the word "safe" is quite good. However, "reassure(s)" isn't an adjective; it's a verb. Another thing that I have noticed is that your writing style has changed drastically - are you sure this isn't copied?"]
Als, Steinbeck describes Candy speaking "more confidently" to George which insinuates that he is usually quite shy and closed off from the other ranch men as they don't value his opinions due to his age. This indicates to the readers that Candy has probably felt degraded in the past due to experiences with other men. I think Steinbeck perhaps wanted the readers to feel some sympathy towards him, as they can tell he is a good natured person. [This paragraph is okay, in terms of the ideas it's a bit too repetitive, but your interpretation is good. However, when you make an interpretation you need to support it with evidence and you need to analyse the language in much more detail! Once again, your writing style has shifted, so once I finish looking at this, I might just check a phrase, or two, on google.]
In addition, Steinbeck also uses symbolism in this passage in order to link the similarities of Candy and his dog together. Candy's dog is described as "ancient" and "painful. [I might be incorrect here, but I don't think a dog can be "painful."]
Steinbeck purposefully chose to use Candy's dog to symbolise Candy to show the readers that he is old, weak and is often in pain. I also think Steinbeck decided to link Candy and his dog together to indicate to the readers that whatever happens to Candy and his dog's friendship may have a following effect on someone else's friendship such as George and Lennie. Furthermore, I think the adjectives "ancient" and "painfull" further reinforce the point about Steinbeck wanting to create sympathy upon the readers, in order to show how hard life could be for ranch men during the set period.
Also, towards the very end of the extract Candy is described as stepping "out the door into the brilliant sunshine". I think that Steinbeck used Candy's feelings to symbolise the light. The fact that George has actually listened to Candy has made Candy, hence there is "brilliant sunshine" as he steps out of the room. [What does "brilliant sunshine" symbolise? What does "sunshine" symbolise - happiness, which is quite the opposite to what we see in Candy's life?]