Lord of the Flies

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Kody Yeoman

Of Mice and Men jury statement
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Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, I am speaking today to defend George Milton on the murder of Lennie smalls. If George did not kill Lennie, then curly would have, and curly would have made Lennie’s death much more painful. Curly said that he would shoot Lennie in the gut, as we all know, this death would be much more painful than getting shot right in the head and dying immediately. Curly was after Lennie for revenge because Lennie accidentally killed Curly’s wife. Lennie was going to die anyway and George just did Lennie a favor by making his death more humane. George could have just saved Lennie by helping him escape, but he would eventually be found and sent to prison, and if Lennie was in prison he would be abused by inmates and tortured. So again, George was just helping Lennie and saving him from a lot of pain down the road by killing him. Even if George helped Lennie escape from the farm and if he ended up not being found by the law and not going to prison, Lennie would still risk the chance of accidentally killing more people in the future. Lennie does not know his own strength. He killed a mouse by gently squeezing its head, and he killed a woman by just grabbing her hair. Lennie did not feel sorry for doing this, or even realizing that he did anything wrong. Due to his mental disability, Lennie can’t differentiate right from wrong, this factor along with his height and strength makes him a very dangerous person. George was saving Lennie from a lot of trouble and saving a lot of people from getting hurt by killing Lennie. The last reason why it was right for George to kill Lennie was that he could have just set Lennie free and let him go try to live on his own. But Lennie is not the type of man that is able to provide for himself. George has been in charge of Lennie ever since his aunt Clara died. George is like a father figure for Lennie, and letting him go off and try to live on his own...
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