George Milton is tried for the death of Lennie Small on one count of murder and two counts of manslaughter. His plea is not guilty. I believe the evidence presented by both the defense team and the prosecutors proved George Milton to be guilty of manslaughter. After a lengthy conversation in the jurors room, I along with the jury reached the verdict that George Milton is in fact guilty of manslaughter. I believe George Milton knowingly cause the death of a man, Lennie Small, while enduring extreme fear. George Milton is sentenced to fifteen years, all of which but seven years are served.
From the beginning, some of the people living on the ranch thought there was something off about George and Lennie. The prosecution asked the boss about Lennie …show more content…
The defence questioned Candy about his dog, and why Carlson shot his dog. The defence asked Candy, “So Carlson killed your dog so it would be put out of misery?” Candy said that yes that was true. This is relevant because Curley, the husband of the woman killed by Lennie Small, admitted to the defence that he said, “I’m going to get him. I’m going to kill that son of a bitch myself. I want him to suffer.” If the dog had not been killed by Carlson, then the dog would have suffered and if George had not killed Lennie, Lennie would have suffered too. When the defence questioned George behind his reasoning for killing George he claimed it was because he knew if Lennie got away he could hurt someone else. He also said, “I killed him because I knew Curley wanted to torture him I did not want him to hurt anyone else.” Carlson shot Candy’s dog so he would not have to suffer, and George shot Lennie because he did not want him to suffer any longer. This heartfelt confession from George made me question if he was guilty of manslaughter because in the moment he freaked and did not know what to do so he killed Lennie, or he was not guilty and he killed Lennie purely to protect …show more content…
Slim said that George did take care of Lennie, and that Lennie was not smart and needed someone to give him guidance. SLim said that they were brother like and close. The prosecution brought up a statement George had previously made, “I would never purposely hurt him.” They then proceeded to ask about a story that they had heard about Lennie and George in the past. Slim was forced to tell the prosecution the story George had told him once about attempting to harm Lennie. Slim told the story George had told him about this one time when George told Lennie to jump in a river. As soon as Lennie jumped in George instantly regretted telling Lennie to do so, as he quickly found out Lennie did not know how to swim. Slim claimed, “George was unaware that Lennie could not swim.” Before this he just thought Lennie was dumb. This was about the time Lennie decided to take Lennie under his wing. At first my thought was, when George realized Lennie would do whatever he wanted him to do, Lennie decided to help him out. Then I realized that George also could have decided that Lennie will do whatever he is told, and he can use Lennie to his
Later on, Candy admits to George that he wished he shot his dog himself. In chapter six, after Lennie kills Curley’s wife, Curley is searching for Lennie with the intention to kill him painfully. George finds Lennie in their agreed-upon place “in the brush.” George kills Lennie painlessly; much like how Carlson shot Candy’s dog painlessly. George does this because he would feel guilty; suchlike Candy and his dog.
“An’ s’pose they lock him up an’ strap him down and put him in a cage. That ain’t no good George.” (pg.97) Slim, one of the most understanding characters from Steinbeck's novel, Of Mice and Men, makes this statement in deciding how Lennie must be held responsible for the murder of Curley’s wife. George, Lennie’s best friend and caretaker, takes this statement into consideration and inevitably decides that killing Lennie is the best way to save him.
Knowing Lennie’s condition, is Lennie responsible for killing Curley’s wife? Lennie may not have ever meant to kill Curley’s wife due to his condition, but he still ended her life; therefore, yes, I think he is responsible. Lennie couldn't function properly to let go of Curley’s wife’s hair, so he cried, “Oh! Please don't do none of that…
Of Mice and Men Chapters 5 and 6 Paragraph George is justified for shooting Lennie in the back of the head because, Lennie was only doing harm to himself and others, George was saving him from a slow painful death, and Slim reassuring George that he had to kill Lennie. Throughout the story Lennie was doing a lot of harm to other people, including in chapter three when Slim said, “Looks to me like ever’ bone in his han’ is bust”(Steibeck 70). Lennie crushed Curley’s hand because Curley got in his face and hit him. Also Lennie in chapter five killed his puppy, he explained this to Curley’s wife by saying, “I was jus’ playin’ with him…. an’ he made like he was ganna bite me….
When Carlson kills Candy’s dog, Candy regrets not being the one that did it. “‘Candy said, “George.” “Huh?” “I oughtta of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t oughtta of let no stranger shoot my dog.”’
“Lennie. You gonna be sick like you was last night” (3). The book begins by Lennie already being a huge handful for George to take care of. He takes care of Lennie not because he has too, but he wants too. George is always helping him out throughout life, since there’s no one else that’s there for them.
In the novella, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck George’s decision to kill Lennie at the end of the novel was justified. Lennie, a intellectually disabled man who doesn’t recognize his strength kills his “boss’s” wife by mistake. After having a lifelong relationship with Lennie, George decided to kill Lennie out of mercy. George easily took Lennie out of torturous pain that was soon to be faced and gave him a better quality of life then he would’ve had. Yes, some may think that George still committed murder and murder is never accepted. However, in this case you had to to keep Lennie from suffering at the end of his life.
Because George essentially executed Lennie, his shooting of him was a murder. Lennie was mercilessly and harshly put to death by George without any provocation. Lennie was defenseless and with no choice but to meet George's predetermined end, which is death. Murdering someone is not something you do out of love; if he had loved him, he would have tried to find a better method to assist him in getting through it. Although George believes that killing Lennie is the
After Lennie had killed Curley’s wife and ran away. George and Candy soon found her dead, Candy had started to talk in sorrow about how he could have tended in their farm now, but now he couldn’t anymore because of what Lennie did. George had later alerted the others of Curley’s wife's death and when Curley found her dead he knew who did it and threatened to shoot Lennie in the guts. George had to quickly find a way for Lennie not to get in trouble. “He worked himself into a fury.
In a legal standpoint George Milton would be guilty of the murder of Lennie Small. George Milton is guilty for what Lennie Small went through, George Milton verbally and mentally bullied Lennie Small throughout the book Of Mice and Men and George Milton shot Lennie Small in the back of the head with a lugger which was stolen. Which brings me to my first point on how George Milton is guilty of verbally and mentally bullying Lennie Small. The reasoning behind my accusation, Is George Milton always would tell Lennie Small how dumb and retarded Lennie Small was. Quoting out of the book Of Mice and Men Chapter 3 ; pg.
Another reason Lennie should not have been killed for what he did was because Lennie doesn't know his own strength. George should not have killed Lennie because he should of taught him that he is stronger, when the first accident happened in Weed. George should have taught Lennie how to control himself when he was little.
He knew Lennie did not deserve the slow and painful death Curley would cause. Lennie Small’s mental disabilities also brought danger upon himself. George shared a story to Slim about how he once told Lennie to jump into the river, Lennie listened and almost drowned to death. He also proved to be a danger to himself when he failed to protect himself during the altercation with Curley. George had to tell him when to defend himself, and when Lennie listened he broke Curley’s hand, displaying