Justified Killings In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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What would be the feelings of one who had to shoot one close to them? Would it be remorse or guilt? How about the thoughts of justified killings; is there such a thing? Two people named George and Lennie are put in a situation like this. It involves a death, two actually. Lennie killed, the farm owners son, Curley’s wife by accident. The whole situation causes George to make a life changing decision; to kill Lennie or not kill him. He makes the choice of killing him. Many people believe George was justified in killing someone very close to him, his best friend, Lennie because he would have had a slow, painful death if he had not. Others believe he was not justified in killing him. Just because he was George’s best friend did not give him any reason to shoot him. Lennie is a person that is childish, a little slow, and irresponsible adult. George is his caretaker that is responsible, caring, and a wiry person.…show more content…
After finding Curley’s wife dead, Curley had a horrible idea of making Lennie suffer. George had a different idea for Lennie. In chapter five, George suggests to put Lennie in jail, but Slim, a jerkline skinner, quickly shot that down by saying that it would not be right if he was strapped down, and locked up in a cage, (5,9). This shows that if Lennie was captured, he would have sat and rotted in either a jail cell or insane asylum, so George did the only thing that was humane - shoot him quickly. George was not looking in the pathways of suffrage and pain for Lennie, but Curley was. “All right you guys… when you see ‘um, don’t give ‘um no chance. Shoot for his guts. That’ll double ‘im over,” (5,9) This shows that George disregarded what Curley told them to do, and shot him in the head. So there was no pain, it was quick, and there was no suffrage for Lennie when he was killed. George was right in killing Lennie because he gave him no pain, no suffering, and it was
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