George The Mercy Killer Was George a murderer? Or did he do it for the best? Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is a story about two best friends that have became so close they feel like brothers. Lennie and George travel everywhere together to work and George is always looking over Lennie to make sure he is not doing anything wrong.
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
Partners in Crime “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” Throughout this book Lennie and his partner in crime George encounter many problems and contradictions that shakes things up a notch. After reading John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, George is justified in killing Lennie because; Lennie is a liability and he is already suffering mentally enough. George is justified in killing Lennie because he is already being punished enough mentally. One quote that explains Lennie’s confusion and mental illness is, “they was so little," he said apologetically.
Being friends with Lennie has led to sacrificing things in George’s life. In the first chapter, we get this message clearly when In a forest George goes off on Lennie when he keeps complaining about wanting Ketchup on his beans when they do not have ketchup George goes on to tell Lennie all the things he could do if he didn’t have to take care of Lennie and to finish it off he says “I got you! You can’t keep a job and you lose me ever’ job I get“ (Steinbeck 11). George chooses to stay with Lennie despite losing things that would make his life more comfortable. He also chooses to kill Lennie at the end of the book because he doesn’t want the Mob looking for Lennie to kill him and his last moments to be filled with fear.
Even though killing Lennie was the hardest thing George ever had to do, he did it so that his life ended while he was thinking about what the future had in store, and not have he had done in the past. Only a true companion would do an extremely difficult and gruesome deed for the one they love and care about the
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.
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.
George sacrifices the chance to have a better and more fulfilled life to stay with Lennie. First, when George was introducing himself and Lennie to their new boss, he said, “I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy.” This shows that George was portraying that he cares about Lennie enough to be picked up on by others. He was willing to lie about being Lennie’s cousin to get him a job. Also, when George and Lennie were talking to each other at their camp spot George said, “I could get along so easy and nice If I didn’t have you on my tail.”
(Steinbeck 14) This shows that George and Lennie take care of one another by saying that they got each other. They both agreed that they will be there for each other and look after each other no matter what. “Look Lennie if you jus’ happen to get in trouble like you always done before I want you to come right here and hide in the bush.”
Every time any character in the story gets attached or close to one another, something bad happens between the relationship and goes wrong. George is a very practical man. He gets the relationship between him and Lennie in a very practical way rather than being emotional. He can even kill another person just for his
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.
George and Lennie consider each other family, George is like a brother to Lennie, they have a companionship that everyone wishes they had. George and Lennie travel and work together. Although George promised Lennie’s aunt Clara that he would take care of him and feels an extent of burden; Lennie’s friendship helps George stay focused on their American Dream and keeps him sane. In one instance, George says, “I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn’t have you on my tail.
Throughout Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, George slowly starts to become more mind and accepting of Lennie in him life. Even though George’s attitude changes over the course of the novella, in ways his attitude stays the same. George may have started to be more kind towards Lennie and not want to let him go, but he still pittys him. He always feels sorrow and compassion for Lennie 's misfortunes. Though he has always helped him, he could never help him get over his mental illness.
Ch 1: George complains about having to take care of Lennie, though continues to travel with him. Why might George keep Lennie around? What does this suggest about George’s character? George might keep Lennie around because workers like them are the loneliest guys in the world.
Although George sometimes abuses Lennie’s blind loyalty, they think of each other as family and establish that they will always be there for each other. For example, George and Lennie share a dream in which they own a farm and live off of the land and look out for each other as a family. Faced with many hardships, George and Lennie maintain a strong bond. This example of unbreakable friendship and loyalty shows that no matter how different two people are, they are able to create inseparable relations and become true friend even when faced with