How Does George's Decision To Kill Lennie In Of Mice And Men

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If you had the choice to save your friend from misery by kill them. What would you do? In the story, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, opposite pair up like George Milton and Lennie Small. Both George and Lennie stick together like brothers through the rough times of the Great Depression. Lennie with his simple mind, always gets into trouble. This time, Lennie gets himself in a bind once again, that George can’t save him from. George decision to kill Lennie in the story, was due to his responsibility, sympathy, and love for Lennie. George’s decision to kill Lennie was out of sympathy for him. In the book, George and Slim said to each other, “Couldn’ we maybe bring him in an’ they’ll lock him up? He’s nuts, Slim. He never done this to be mean” … “ If we could keep Curley in, we might. But Curley’s gonna want to shoot ‘im. … “An’ s’pose they lock him up an’ strap him down and put him in a cage. That ain’t no good, George.” (97) In this quotation, George wants Lennie …show more content…

“The guys in Weed start a party out to lynch Lennie. So we sit in a irrigation ditch under water all the rest of that day. … An’ that night we scrammed outta there.” (42) This quote shows that George loved Lennie, so he helped him escape from Weed. George hid with Lennie for a day in a irrigation ditch, this shows the devotion George has for Lennie. Others may think that George only did this to save himself, and that he doesn’t care about Lennie. However, this quote show the love George has for his friend, Lennie. “He been doin’ nice thing for you alla time.When he got a piece a pie you always got half or more’n half. An’ if there was ketchup, why he’d give it all to you.” (101) This quotation from the book, shows the love that George had for Lennie. He loved Lennie like a brother, that’s why he didn’t want him to starve. George treated Lennie like a brother, he loved Lennie very dearly from the beginning to the

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