Lord have Mercy on Your Soul “Nonetheless, many [people] still live in fear that they'll have no control over pain and suffering in the face of death” (Lynch). This exemplified John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Lennie, who has a mental disability, is mercy killed by his partner and friend, George. George took it upon himself to take Lennie’s life, and he did it out of a sense of companionship and friendship to spare him from what Curley might have forced upon Lennie. George decided to end his best friend’s life in order to prevent him from being tortured, and this is because he killed Curley’s wife.
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.
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck takes place in the state of California. The story tells about the journey of two migrant workers named George and Lennie. At the end of the story, George is faced with a very difficult decision. George ends up doing what he thinks is the correct choice, which leads to the death of his best friend, Lennie.
“‘Timshel!’’ ” This single word at the closing of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden is arguably the single most powerful word throughout the entire book. The word is timshel, a Hebrew word that when translated into English, is spoken ‘Thou Mayest’. It brings forth the theme of the book-- a man has a choice, whether to love rather than hate, or to dream rather than be sedentary.
Everyday in our country there are killings being committed by innocent people who made a choice they would never even think necessary. The choice to kill another is rarely even a choice, but a sacrifice. Many times in our society we think of killings as murder, but this simply isn’t always the case. Many of those who are forced to make such tough decisions are victims or at the very least, well-intentioned people who are trying to end someone else’s suffering.
Mental Floss states, “The novella is ranked as the fifth most frequently challenged piece of literature on the American Library Association’s list of 100 Most Banned of Challenged Book between 2000 and 2009.” The book, “Of Mice and Men,” is from the point of view through a struggling man’s viewpoint and a mentally challenged man’s viewpoint during the Great Depression. Lennie is a troublemaker for George, and sometimes George has to make big decisions about so of his priorities throughout his life. I believe George did do the right thing by killing Lennie himself because George would rather have Lennie die with him doing it rather than anyone else, George knew he would act up again if he let him come with him, and George believes it was the best choice to make in the situation. Some people believe that George had another way out.
“Kill him! Kill him! He deserves to die!” A crowd chants at Damien Echols who was accused of murdering three young children. When going into custody at the courthouse many people chanted and wanted him dead like those three young children.
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.