The story of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck is about two farmers named George and Lennie. Although this story may display many different themes; this story is mostly about hopes and dreams. George and Lennie are two farmers who share a strong friendship. Both of them have a dream of owning their own vegetable farm with a rabbit hutch one day. The story takes place when the great depression was happening and life was difficult at that time, but both George and Lennie found a way to work together and help each other out. Lennie has made some poor decisions throughout this story which leads to his death by the hands his own best friend, George. Throughout the story these two farmers realize that events in life can conspire against the realization of one’s dreams George killed Lennie, because he felt as if it was his job to kill his best friend rather than watching him suffer. George was right to kill …show more content…
George has realized that sometimes things in life change the way you dream and think George did the right thing by killing Lennie. Hope can only get you so far because although Lennie had hope that does not mean he had changed. This was the right thing for George to do because he did not want his best pal suffering getting killed by someone else. George did this deed because Lennie was dangerous and he kept making the same mistakes over and over again. Lennie could not help himself because of his mental disability. George loved Lennie and would always keep him safe and protect him as much as he could. George wanted him to die happy so he killed him with his own hands instead of someone else doing it because he cared about Lennie. George made the right decision and it was the right thing to do. Slim had explained how he should not feel guilty of what he did, because it was for the best. "Never you mind. A guy got to sometimes." Sometimes people have to do things which they never saw themselves doing just for the happiness of the people around
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George made the right decision to kill Lennie because they were best friends and it would hurt George even more if he had to know someone else did it. For example when Carlson killed Candy’s
In reality the only reason George killed Lennie was because he didn't want Lennie to be lynched or killed by a random stranger George could have continued to run with Lennie but at some point he would make another huge mistake. George couldn’t allow Lennie to get away with murder. While a true friend will hopefully never kill or even think about killing their best friend, in this situation it was the only reasonable thing to do for not only Lennie’s own good but for the safety of the general public. A true friend wouldn’t allow their best friend to not only be humiliated but killed in front of strangers for a mistake he had made because he truly didn’t know any
Based on what Slim, a ranch worker, had told George after he had shot Lennie in an act of ‘mercy’, it shows that sometimes a person is going to have to do hard tasks that are wrong, but the effect of the outcome is right. Slim completely agreed with the action that George took on Lennie. George saw that Lennie was going to be living a horrid life behind bars or have the most painful death possible as soon as the other ranch workers had found him, so before they did, George ended Lennie’s life. Killing someone in the act of mercy and killing someone for an act of hate have two completely different meanings. Ending somebody’s life in an act of kindness, and love is not unacceptable in any way and should be valued more from this point
In order to keep Lennie from being killed brutally. George makes the decision to shoot him in the head before the other men got to him. A reason for George’s actions at the end of the novel was to keep Lennie from being scared or in pain. When
It is clear that George did not have the right to end Lennie 's life in such a selfish way. George always talks to Lennie about how fabulous they are when they are together at their own ranch and from day to day I end up with their life in a very cruel way. In conclusion, it can be said that George 's reasons for ending George 's life were enough to do so since Lennie was a very dependent person and could not stand alone. George tried to help him at all times as far as he could, but still Lennie was still in serious trouble, that 's precisely the reason why George wanted to prevent Lennie suffering in the future because he realized that he could not live alone.
Being forced to kill someone would be really emotional, but imagine if that person was your best friend. In John Steinbeck’s book “Of Mice and Men” George and Lennie have been together since they were kids. Lennie idolized George and George, as often as he gets mad at him, still loves Lennie. They run from their old town of Weed to get a job as ranch hands in Salinas Valley. From there they meet many people, most of which welcomed them, while some had a harder time accepting them.
However, after George killed Lennie, the differences that he and Lennie had from others died with him. Lennie made George feel special, he made him dream. With Lennie others don’t think down on George they actually praise him for how he was able to manage someone like Lennie. Now that Lennie is gone, George would be nothing special. Like the other guys, he is now, hopeless, dreamless, and
Of Mice and Men Persuasive Essay “ Even the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. “. In the book of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George, one of the main characters, has to kill his best friend- Lennie Small. He does this for a few different reasons.
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.
Although, Lennie’s actions probably weren’t his fault, with him not being able to learn from his actions and remember that his own strength is too much for him that he became a threat. George, pained to do it, knew what was best for Lennie and other people/animals, and had to end his life. Overall, even though George had to make some pretty drastic decisions and someone’s life got taken away, it was all for the best and nothing bad will no longer happen and who knows, maybe George will get to live his
Although Lennie probably was not to blame for his actions, his failure to learn and remember along with his tremendous physical strength made him a lingering threat to others. Further, George ultimately saved many people from Lennie’s wrong doings and misunderstandings that were likely to occur in the future. George realized that to actually save Lennie and do the best for everyone in the forthcoming, he had to kill him. Sometimes the best way to help someone is by letting him
George’s decision to kill Lennie was ultimately for his benefit. “The hand shook violently, but his (George) face set and his hand steadied. He pulled the trigger” (Steinbeck 106). The quote which states how Lennie dies also shows that George was nervous and hesitant in killing Lennie. Scarseth explains in the article, “Friendship.
George would protect Lennie at all costs even from himself. After Lennie kills a young woman, George decides it is better for Lennie to be dead rather than to be tortured and kept in a cell or a mental asylum. The decision of killing Lennie hit George like a train, but he knew it was something that was in Lennie’s own good. Knowing he could have an easier life without Lennie, George still kept him around because he needed George and George needed Lennie. George tells Slim “Course Lennie’s a God damn nuisance most of the time, but you get used to goin’ around with a guy an’ you can’t get rid of him.”
Despair Among People During the Great Depression People who face great odds will hang on to hope, however, many will lose it to the cruel reality they live in. This is the story told in the novel, Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck. In this novel, Lennie and George are traveling bindle stiffs who experience the losses that come with the Great Depression, and the hope of others that is dashed by the death of one person. This theme of hope and loss is shown through Curley's wife, Candy, and George.
After all the anger that George has shown towards Lennie, he utters these words now so Lennie can die with a sense of peace. George does not want to pull the trigger, but he knows that the further consequences of Lennie’s actions will only worsen. To save Lennie from Curley’s wrath, possible imprisonment, and perhaps years of suffering, George takes Lennie’s