For this reason, in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, George should not be punished for killing Lennie because George being forced to decide to either kill his friend, watch other men kill him, or continue running away for the rest of his life is his punishment, he had Lennie's best interest in mind, and Lennie would keep making the same mistakes and identical events to this one would only continue to occur. One reason George shouldn’t be punished for murdering
In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the most interesting idea that was presented is when George killed Lennie with the use of euthanasia. George and Lennie had each other and had always looked out for the best in each other. They both have traveled throughout the country and even when the going gets tough, they stay together. George even retains a dream of buying a farm for him and Lennie and living in their paradise. The ending to Of Mice and Men showed the great lengths that George would go to keep Lennie’s best interest in mind, while he shocked all readers that he was able to kill his best friend, George possibly did this for his own best interest.
‘Lennie begged, “Le 's do it now. Le 's get that place now.”’ George concurs, places the Luger on the back of Lennie’s head, and shoots him. One of the most controversial aspects of George Steinbeck 's novel Of Mice and Men, was the death of Lennie by his friend’s hands. Many believe that George murdered him in Lennie’s best interest, yet many others believe that George was being selfish and with his act, removed the burden of Lennie. However, George was completely justified in murdering Lennie as he had no other choice if he wanted what’s best for his friend and the world at large.
Crooks and Curley’s wife have another point of view on Lennie, both of them at different times try to show Lennie that George might not always be as faithful as he has been. On page 72 Crooks says, “Well s’pose, jus’ s'pose he don’t come back. What’ll you do then?” Curley's wife tries to persuade Lennie to not do exactly what George always tells him to do. The characters in Of Mice and Men show many different sides of the human condition. Living in the American Depression molded some of the ideas, but, also the men's companionship with each other affected their way of living.
Can Homicide ever be justified? In John Stienbecks’s Of Mice And Men George milton has the impossible choice of killing his best friend Lennie Smalls or let him die by the hands of a hateful man. George make the hard decision to kill him. This save Lennie from a lot of pain, also helps george become free, and Lennie does not even know what is happening. George is justified because he makes the choice that protects Lennie from a lot of pain and makes himself feel guilty.
These are the reason why George killing Lennie is so complicated he cares for Lennie so much that he has to be the one to kill him. But he also wants to get rid of Lennie since it would mean George doesn 't have to run or have to babysit Lennie. George also doesn 't want to let Lennie just run alone since he feels responsible for Lennie and Lennie would probably get into more trouble alone. He can 't just let Curley kill Lennie since Curley would make him suffer. There is no clear choice on whether George has to kill Lennie or if they can run away again.
In his short story “The Scarlet Ibis,” James Hurst uses Doodle’s brother in order to show how he is both cruel and kind towards his younger brother Doodle. The character of Doodle’s brother behaves with cruel notions toward Doodle. For example, when Doodle’s brother faces the prospect of possibly having an invalid brother forever, he “…began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow,” (Hurst 555). This demonstrates that the narrator would rather murder his brother than have one that is mentally challenged, which is not at all a humane thought, to say the least. Anyone who chooses to murder their blood relative instead of support them through tough times most definitely has wickedness within them, which supports the statement that Doodle’s brother behaves cruelly towards Doodle.
Stanley was so vulnerable in the beginning he let others abuse him like on page 20 “He threw Stanley to the ground. Stanley stared up at him terrified.” (Sachar,20) Because Stanley was vulnerable he let Armpit push him around. Also to prove my point that Stanley is vulnerable “if anybody gets a day off, it should be me. That’s only fair, right? I guess Stanley agreed” (Sachar 53) Stanley just agrees and runs off because he knew not to get on X-Ray’s bad side.
Finally, Friendship is one of the biggest parts in the novel Of Mice and Men. The relationship that is made between George and Lennie can only be described by one quote, “The Friendship Lends hope to the dream, but the reality of their Brutal Life destroys the dream and the Friendship” (“Of Mice” 248). This described the life of Lennie and George perfectly because there friendship caused them to stay together as a team and stick up for each other no matter the circumstance. Lennie would always talk “about the ranch he, George and Candy are planning to buy” (Steffens 39). Unfortunately, they were still in a horrible situation by moving town to town and not having a set home and since they were living this life there dreams in the end was destroyed.
Georges dream of owning a ranch in Of Mice And Men is hurt by his loyalty of Lennie, his lack of money, and his many emotions. The first reason why George's dream is hurt is because his loyalty to Lennie. George show loyalty to Lennie by taking him every where he goes even after he gets them in trouble. “No—look! I was jus’ foolin’, Lennie.
"(Steinbeck, 40) Lennie is dumb, but listens to George because he trusts him and Lennie gets hurt and doesn’t get mad at George. Lennie always wants to make George happy. "If it were here you could have some. I don’t want no ketchup." (Steinbeck, 11) Lennie always wants to give George everything he can and even when he has nothing he wants George to have some ketchup.
Seen throughout the book, Of Mice and Men, the character development of the main character, Lennie, was changing to a more violent and uncontrollable human, and foreshadowed his death. Since Lennie killed Curley’s wife he was a fugitive, and anyone who killed him is just. In the novel of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the character George is justified in killing Lennie because of his actions caused by his disabilities allowing for a better life. George’s decision on killing Lennie was the right one. Lennie had no judgment on whether or not something was legal because of his mental illness.
12) Lennie is telling George that he could leave him and go somewhere else if he would be happier without him in George’s life. Lennie is thinking of George always first, what he want and what he would be most happiest with. To conclude, Lennie is just as good as a friend to George as George is to Lennie by trying to make George happy and sacrificing many things Lennie loves for George. In conclusion, George loves Lennie and Lennie loves George and they help each other when one needs a helping hand. In a larger view, friendship can come in many different shapes and sizes; you can help physically, mentally, or just be there for them in their time of need.
Should the mentally challenged get another chance if they have killed someone and could do it again. No one should get another chance if they have committed a crime worthy of the death penalty. They should not get another chance because everyone is taught right from wrong and in John Steinbeck 's book Of Mice and Men Lennie Knew what he did was wrong and that is why he went to the creek where George told him to go if he ever got in trouble like he had before and he would again. George is justified in killing Lennie because he knew Lennie kill again and would never get better and their dream would never come true, it was a mercy killing and was the best thing for Lennie at that moment, and George knew Lennie would keep making the same mistakes and eventually would make one that even he could not forgive him for. That is why George is justified.
Of Mice and men, by John Steinbeck, takes place in Salinas Valley, California during the Great Depression. The story is about 2 men, Lennie, a mentally challenged man, and George, Lennie’s unofficial guardian and caretaker. They have just gotten a new job and are trying to make a living, and work towards their goal of having their own farm one day. But do to continuous problems caused by Lennie, they face many struggles. Steinbeck raises the question, “Is mercy killing (euthanasia) ever justifiable?” All Lennie really does is hurt the people round him, therefore what George did abetted the community.