Of Mice and Men : Why George Kills Lennie

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Of Mice and Men : Why George Kills Lennie

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English Essay:
Why George kills Lennie

Many people would find it shocking that George killed his best friend, Lennie, after all their adventures together. Readers might think it was selfish of him. I think it was actually selfless. The thought that life without Lennie would be simpler might have crossed Georges mind but I think he kills Lennie mainly because he does not want Lennie to suffer.

After Lennie killed Curly's wife George knew Curly was after Lennie and wanted to kill him and in a aggressive, brutal and hurtful way. Curly says “I’m gonna shoot the guts outa that big bastard myself, even if I only got one hand. I’m gonna get ‘im.”(p 98 ). George does not want curly to kill Lennie, partly because he knows that he will probably do it in the most violent way possible and partly because he remembered how Curly felt after he let a stranger shoot his dog. “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.” (p 61) Lennie was like Candy's dog, he just needed to be put out of his misery and George knew if he let Curly shoot Lennie he would probably regret it afterwards. He knew that if he killed him himself it would be less painful for Lennie and a least it would not be a stranger shooting him but his best friend.

Another reason George might have killed Lennie is that he did not want Lennie to hurt anyone else. George loved Lennie, but he knew that, although Lennie had no bad intentions, Lennie was not aware of his own strength. After killing Curly's wife, Lennie's deepest concern is that George won't let him tend the rabbits. " George gonna say I done a bad thing. He ain't gonna let me tend no rabbits " (p91). Even though Lennie didn't understand what he did, the death of Curley's wife is very serious. It isn't like the mice or the puppy her life can just be replaced. Slim asks Lennie "Her neck bust. Lennie could of done that ? "(p 97)I think in that moment Lennie realizes that even if Lennie did not kill...

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