Although Carlson kills the dog for him, Candy later feels bad about not killing the dog himself. Was it right for Carlson to kill the dog or should Candy should have had to do it? First off, no matter how big or how small Candy had a responsibility to kill his dog if he knew it was hurting. Candy would see that his dog was in pain just by walking. The novel states,”...his ancient dog lifted his
Lennie is unable to remember any survival instincts, seen when George tells him he will get sick like he was last night. Even with a fresh memory, Lennie couldn’t remember to not drink clean running water. If George were to run away with Lennie in order for a higher survival chance, there would be a warrant or bounty out for the arrest or death. Once they are caught, they are both in jeopardy of death by the government and would result in two deaths instead of one, when only one really deserved it. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, George was justified in killing Lennie because of his mental illness.
He allowed Curley to beat him up and did not even attempt to help or stop the beating (Steinbeck 63). It took him too long to react and when he did it was too late because Lennie’s face was already covered in blood and bruised (Steinbeck 63-64). Also, if he cared for Lennie and his well being he would not have left him alone on the ranch to go to the cat house, he should not have even left him alone in the first place and because he did Lennie ended up killing his puppy and then eventually Curley’s wife (Steinbeck 85 & 91-92). In the end of the story George kills Lennie by putting a bullet through the back of his head (Steinbeck 106), while letting him fantasize and imagine the magical dream farm that neither of them will ever come to
The death of Curley’s wife is a very shocking event which is what triggers George’s decision to shoot Lennie. She does nothing wrong and without noticing Lennie kills her; just how he killed the mouse and the puppy killed the puppy. Curley’s wife’s death is a tragedy and symbolizes Lennie’s untroubled life coming to an end. Even though Lennie is not a bad person after the death of Curley’s wife, we can no longer think of him as an innocent child-like person. George and Lennie’s life was about survival, but centred on the innocent dream of the rabbits.
This can connect to Candy and his old dog as he was also pressured by others to kill the dog since it was old. “At last Candy said softly and hopelessly, ‘ Awright-take ‘im’”(Steinbeck 47). Candy did not want to, he lived with the dog for a long time just like how George had been living with Lennie for a long time but both Candy and George had to kill the dog and Lennie due to pressure. George was justified in killing Lennie as there was no choice and he did not want Curley to kill
When Lennie was going crazy and thinks he sees his Aunt clara “I tried, Aunt Clara, ma’am. I tried and tried.” Lennie was like a sick dog a dog that has gone blind he did not know if what he is seeing is real or not. George saw that and George did not want Lennie to suffer he just wanted to put him out of his misery. I understand that George and Lennie might have been able to make it out and that what George did was wrong each time you kill a person it is wrong. George knew what he was doing but that does not mean George won 't get that guilt for the rest of his life.
So Lennie really never gets to be the person he really potentially could have been. On the other side of things, George 's plans and dreams seem to be broken when Lennie drags him down, George says, "I could get along so easy and nice if I didn 't have you on my tail. I could live so easy and maybe have a girl” (Steinbeck 7). George may want life on the ranch, but also it seems like he likes the idea of just living the simple life of a rancher, getting his steak and spending it the American way. So one dream may be set because George lowered his standards due to not achieving his actual dream.
“Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.” This quote by carl jung explains why geroge Milton, needs Lennie smalls in his life. At the beginning of the story George named all the things he could do without lennie but throught the story we see that George really does need Lennie. George keeps Lennie around so he wont be like other ranchers and live a lonely life. Not only does Lennie keep George saine, he also gives George hope, and keeps him human. George keeps Lennie around because it keeps him from being like other ranchers, most ranch workers go ranch by ranch having no one to talk to or have fun with and they just turn mean.
Then he rolled slowly over and faced the w all and lay in silent.” (Steinbeck 49). It is very sad that Candy is the only one affected by this. But later on he realizes that it was the right thing to do, and killing the dog was a good idea. Finally, one last reason it would be okay to kill someone or something, is if it for someone 's own safety. In Of Mice and Men George knows that he is not safe with Lennie.
The narrator is a representation of society. He is civilians that will not wait for the less fortunate or challenged individuals. He is people who do not want to deal with realities because they are inconvenient. He eventually realizes Doodle is not a hurdle in his life but his brother to be embrace. He puts effort into teaching Doodle to walk and swim, but even then he is cruel to his brother.
Unfortunately in the end Willy receives appreciation for his inner talents rather than his skills being a salesman. This goes to show how one will never get attention from others by pretending to be who they are not. Furthermore, the author reinforces Willy 's talent with his hands when he plants seeds in his garden prior to committing suicide. The planting of the seeds can be considered a form of symbolism and Willy 's acceptance that life would go on without him. The seeds Willy plant also represent the legacy he leaves behind as a handyman rather than a salesman.