This scene has a certain level of importance to it regarding Lennie’s ignorance and pure ness. In this scene Lennie steals a puppy so that he can love it and take care of it. This also shows that Lennie can not take care of an animals becuase his incompetence overpowers his kindness.
In this scene Carlson shoots Candy’s dog due to its old age and reluctant smell. This is a valuable moment in the story because in a way it represents George’s relationship with Lennie. Lennie is the dog which causes grief and has vexing characteristics. George is Candy who is basically the owner of Lennie and consistently suffers from his presence yet keeps him around to prevent the guilt he would have to live in if he was without him. I believe this moment foreshadows the fate of George and Lennie’s relationship.
This scene is where we first get an example of Lennie’s prowess that has been previously discussed by George and the author. In the beginning there was an established conflict between Curly and Lennie due to Curlys need to fight bigger guys to compensate for his lack of height. Curly takes his anger out on Lennie’s face until Lennie’s has had enough and grab his fists and squeezes it like an orange in his bare hand.