He knew Lennie was a good soul. George also knew that Lennie did not realize how strong he really was or how to control his actions. In this case, it was best that George killed him. He killed Lennie quickly. Had George not done this, Curley and the others would have killed Lennie mercilessly.
George killing Lennie is justified. Lennie was either gonna get killed by the other men or George. The other men were only doing it because they hated Lennie, George would have done it for the sake of Lennie’s safety and mental state. George would have felt guilty if he did not handle it himself. One reason George was justified in killing Lennie was that George had realized Lennie would never get better and their dream would never come true.
To avoid this piteous way of dying, George told Lennie to face the river while he told Lennie their favorite fairytale-like story of one day living on a farm. While Lennie was in the trance of his happiest thought, George swiftly shot him in a way in which he died instantaneously and painlessly. With this method, one of the last details noted of Lennie is how he “giggled with happiness” upon his death (Steinbeck 105). All in all, George just wanted to make sure Lennie’s life would be spared in the most comfortable way, making his course of action entirely acceptable. It is clear that--- as a caring and altruistic man--- George just wanted the best for Lennie.
Lennie is continuously getting into trouble and causing problems for George. Lennie snapped the neck of Curley 's wife. In retaliation to Lennie’s actions George shot Lennie because of justified anger, mercy, and necessity. George killed lennie because Lennie was a burden to George, and George was
George killed lennie out of love because he didn’t want him to suffer. George didn’t want Lennie to suffer a long painful death from being shoot in the guts, or from being locked up in a cage being beaten by Curley and the farmhands. George did the right thing because he didn’t want Lennie to suffer. But George also didn’t do the right thing because he killed his friend and broke his promise to Lennie’s aunt Clara that he would look after him and protect him. It was also kind of a good thing for George to do because if he wouldn’t have killed Lennie, Lennie would have suffered, or Lennie could have hurt someone else.
He had this responsibility because he made a promise. He had done what he could to keep Lennie out of trouble, by telling him to stay quiet, and not to talk to Curley’s wife. But, he couldn’t control himself. It was up to George to protect Lennie, and he did this by taking his life. Surely, dying in a second was a better outcome for Lennie than being beat, hung, and finally dying after being tortured.
Lennie doesn’t change when he felt the girl 's skirt and still hasn’t changed when he felt Curley 's wife 's hair. Another character trait for Lennie is his love for furry objects and living thing.Lennie killed many mice just by petting their furry fur. His sense of touch is very useful throughout the course of the book. “I get to tend the rabbits.” This trait of Lennie 's affects the story in a bad way because since he likes to pet things so much, he pets them too much that he kills them on accident. Lennie has done so much to ruin his world in the book.
That ain’t no good” (97). By shooting Lennie, George tries to spare him the pain of rotting away in a jail cell or the agony of Curley attacking him. Additionally, George doesn’t want Lennie to be scared, he wants Lennie to be happy before he died. George felt that it was better that he was the one to do it. Similarly, when Candy lets Carlson shoot his dog he immediately regrets it, “[he] oughta shot that dog [himself]... [he] shouldn’t outta of let no stranger shoot [his] dog” (61).
In of Mice and Men a novel by John Steinbeck, George and Lennie the main characters go through a situation in which Lennis gets into some trouble, George tells him to hide and get away from what’s coming. From letting the guys get to Lennis, George kills him without suffering from what Curley will put him through. Even though the book shows Euthanasia (mercy killing) as a good thing it doesn’t mean you should do it in real life. Killing Lennie was entirely wrong but to save him from being torchered George did what he had to do to be at peace of mind. The fact that Lennie, a grown man has to have a person to look after him tells us something.