CLAIM: Some people are too dangerous to be in a communities. George’s decision of shooting Lennie in the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is ethical, according to the Common Good Approach, because Lennie has murdered Curley’s wife and other living things. The ranch workers were outside of the barn having a good time playing horseshoe and Lennie is inside of the barn with his soft puppy he likes to pet. Curley’s wife decides to join Lennie inside the barn and she begins to talk about her hair and how soft and well taken care of her hair is. Curley’s wife lets Lennie to touch her soft hair however, when Lennie puts his hands in her hair, he holds onto it and doesn’t let go of her hair, Curley’s wife starts screaming in panic which makes
Everyone thinks that Slim is the judge and whatever he says is the right thing to do. Candy then commits to the cause for his dog’s greater good. Candy didn’t want to kill the dog himself and lets Carlson to do it. When the dog was killed, Candy regrets on not killing his dog himself because he didn’t want someone who didn’t care for the dog to kill it. He wanted to show the dog that it was the best for him and it was for his mercy.
Lennie kills the puppy as he as done before with animals such as mice. Not on purpose of course but because he doesn’t know his own strength. The death of the puppy is a parallel for the fate that awaits him later. Like the Puppy he is innocent and unaware of the things around him that could potentially hurt him. Candy’s dog is more of a warning to everyone rather than just Lennie.
And he has pets along the way however, all the animals he’s ever acquired, he’s strangled to death. “They was so little.. I’d pet em and pretty soon they bit my fingers and I pinched their heads and then they was dead” (Steinbeck 10). This is just another example of the predatory nature of humanity. He complains about how it was an accident because maybe in his simple mind, it was just a mishap. But are the mice deaths really an accident?
Lennie was stroking Curley’s Wife’s hair to the point that she became alarmed and panicked and when she did so, Lennie broke her neck by shaking her too hard, he wanted her to stop yelling. He did not mean to kill her and knew he did a horrible thing that would make George mad at him. George had to think about Lennie’s consequences of this, Curley wanted to lynch Lennie but George did not
Candy ended up letting them shoot his dog, “he led the dog out into the darkness...a shot sounded in the distance...”(Steinbeck 48-49). Although he was upset he was not the one who did it, he understood it was important to move past the loss of his dog.It was time for his dog to pass away already and he had to put his emotions aside and let them end his misery. Another example of the characters having to get through the loss of a pet is when Slim had to kill off some of his dogs because he didn’t have
Carlson had initiated a conversation on Candy 's dog reeking in the ranch house and a final decision was made to shoot the dog and put its misery to an end. Candy 's ego is pragmatic which led him to let the guys shoot his dog but it was clear of the pain he was going through with the loss he had occurred. Candy had depended on his dog for friendship since he was a young boy and throughout time, he had not realized that he depended on the dog for his own sense of security. Unable to handle the absence of his best friend, Candy moved to George and Lennie for companionship, " 'Tell you what...S 'pose I went in with you guys. Tha 's three hundred an ' fifty bucks I 'd put in.
George killed lennie because if he didn’t, Curley would have made him suffer. The main reason George killed Lennie is because Lennie would have killed somebody again. And the evidence is clearly there, the pet mice that he killed, the poor puppy that he accidently hit to hard, and especially Curley’s wife. He almost killed the girl in weed if he had gone any further. The sad thing is is that he doesn't know how strong he really is, nor does he know what he’s done wrong in the first place.
However, several times in the novel Lennie uses violence to solve his problems because he does not know what else to do. Unfortunately, his actions have consequences, the most crucial being when he accidentally kills Curley’s wife, which culminates in Lennie's own death. George also solves his problems with violence; his solution to the death of Curley’s wife is to kill Lennie himself. He believes that if he just kills Lennie his problem will be solved. However, he would have to spend the rest of his life thinking that he has killed his best friend, and that he can never atone for it.
Lennie had already killed two things that day: Curley’s wife and the puppy. Even though George was clever man, he couldn’t hide Lennie’s mental disabilities forever. “He unburied his puppy and inspected it, and he stroked it from head to tail. He went on sorrowfully, ‘But he’ll know. George always knows.
An’ he ain’t no good to himself. Whyn’t you shoot him, Candy?” (Steinbeck, page 44) This clearly proves that the dog is just suffering and has become too old to live. As Candy and the dog are growing older, the dog is not able to do anything and cannot survive on its