English III 2nd period
February 5, 2013
OMAM Alternate Ending
After killing Curley’s wife and his pup, Lennie realizes that he had done something bad and remembers George telling him that if he did anything wrong to go hide in the bushes and wait for him. Once all the men find out what happened to Curley’s wife they go looking for Lennie to kill him, George protects Lennie and tell the men that he headed south, meanwhile George goes to Lennie and tells him that he is going to let nothing happen to him and ends up shooting him in the back of the head, similar to the way Candy’s dog was shot. In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck deciding to have George kill Lennie was valid because it allowed George to stay loyal to Lennie and because Lennie would only continue to hurt people and get in trouble.
One of the themes in Of Mice and Men is loyalty and is clearly justified at the end of the novel when George takes care of Lennie after his aunt Clara dies. The two of them go around looking for work together; George wouldn’t let anything happen to Lennie. Another example would be when Curley is trying to start a fight with Lennie, George steps in to protect Lennie, and the last example of loyalty would be when George kills Lennie. When Candy’s dog was shot by Carlson he felt guilty because he didn’t take his own dog out of misery. George didn’t want to feel the same guilt, so when it came time for the guys wanting to kill Lennie, George knew he needed to do it himself.
Another possible ending to the novel would be that George shows the other guys where Lennie is hiding and allows Curley to kill Lennie. It was mid afternoon and the sun was setting. Lennie was sitting in the barn holding his pup; he was rocking back and forth almost like he was in a state of shock. Lennie realized that his pup was becoming colder by the minute, what he didn’t realize at first was that he had killed his pup. Lennie knew that he needed to hide his pup from...
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