Character Analysis of Lennie and George from "Of Mice and Men"

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“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you.” Those words are exchanged between two best friends, Lennie and George, in John Steinbeck’s book, Of Mice and Men. This book is about a unique pair of men, George and Lennie. George is small and has defined features and Lennie is a big, mentally disabled man. The two travel together and have a father son type of relationship. They get a job at a farm bucking barley, and George always looks after Lennie trying to make sure he doesn’t mess anything up. In the end, Lennie accidentally kills the boss’ son’s wife, and gets killed by his best friend, George, to save him from the suffering he would have gone through otherwise. This is called mercy killing. Mercy killing is killing someone out of compassion, not hatred. George should have killed Lennie because if he had not Lennie would have an even tougher time ahead of him. The novel shows that mercy killing is good and should be allowed because if mercy killing had not been the result of the situation, the consequences for Lennie would have been much worse.

George did the right thing by killing Lennie because George killed Lennie out of love, not anger. If he had not killed Lennie, Curley or Carlson would have. Curley told the men, “’I’m goin’, I’m gonna shoot the guts outta that big bastard myself, even if I only got one hand. I’m gonna get ‘im,’” (98). Curley wanted Lennie dead. At that moment, he didn’t care about anyone else’s feelings. He wanted him to be killed, and he wanted to be the one to do it. However, George killing him was the right decision because if Curley or Carlson killed Lennie, Lennie would have been scared and have had a fearful death. If they decided to not kill Lennie, he would have gone to jail and he would be very confused there without George. George said to Slim, “’Couldn’ we maybe bring him in an’ they’ll lock him up?’” and Slim responded, “’An’ s’pose they lock him up an’ strap him down and put him in a cage. That ain’t no...
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