How Does George Make The Right Decision In Of Mice And Men

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The selfless, painful decision george made was unfortunately the right one. This is displayed through many pieces of evidence (majority of which is just action made out of temptation) found in John Steinbeck's novel, Of Mice and Men. This story takes place on a secluded ranch in Soledad California in the midst of the Great Depression, where many people were forced to live isolated lives while chasing low paying jobs throughout the country. One reason that George made the right decision by ending Lennie’s life is, if he had not done so, Curley or one of the other men would have shot him, leaving him to die a slow and painful death. In addition, George allowed Lennie to die happily. George talked to Lennie, bringing his mind to the thoughts …show more content…

At the beginning of the book George and Lennie sit in the glade near the ranch, George is short tempered with Lennie as he dreams about what he could do if Lennie was not with him. To make George feel bad and apologise, Lennie talks about how he could live on his own, but knowing that Lennie could do nothing of the sort George says, “Yeah? How’d you eat? You ain’t got sense enough to find nothing to eat” (12). George knows that Lennie couldn’t survive on his own. Even though Lennie is not serious about running away, this displays what George thinks would happen if he ever attempted it, and because of Lennie’s mental capacity, George is almost positively right. Lennie would not be able to find good food, he might drink bad water, and he would not think to hide his food, if he could even find any, from wild animals. Lennie himself might even be slaughtered by feral wild life. There is also the possibility that when Lennie becomes hungry, or thirsty, or is beginning to be scared by the animals in the forest, he would run to civilization, where he could be seen. Since Lennie is now a murderer, if he is seen in any town near the ranch he will be caught and put in a booby hatch or jail, where conditions would be unbearable for him. When George makes the decision not to tell Lennie to run, he makes the merciful decision, saving him from dying solitarily in the wild, or rotting away in a cell, or a booby

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