Mercy On Your Soul In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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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. Lennie and George lead a very hard lifestyle, and Lennie would always get them in trouble, so to help Lennie, George shot him. What George did…show more content…
Many people are disabled and have trouble doing things. In fact, a young boy named“Jude was so severely disabled he could not speak or write, he was miraculously able to verbalize the alleged abuse….” (Rosenberg). As a young child, Jude could not talk, or even function, and he was abused because of his condition. This relates to Lennie because just like the child, Lennie is so, so, so disabled that he can barely speak full sentences, write, and was abused. Equivalently, as a disabled man, Lennie has a hard time controlling his actions and emotions, and this has lead to hurting people and himself. This is hurting the people around him, himself, his pets. This would be a case, such as the child from the article, that something such as a mercy killing could and would be implemented, especially on Lennie. This is one of the reasons of why George decided to save Lennie’s life by ending…show more content…
Curley decided that since Lennie violently shook and killed his beloved wife, he should be the one to kill Lennie. Not only that, but furthermore that Lennie is to be shot in the gut, so that he can have a slower, more painful death. But, this was not alright with George, so he decides to do something about it. A lady named Brittany Maynard was speaking over the phone to the press and said, "I'm not killing myself. Cancer is killing me. I am choosing to go in a way that is less suffering and less pain…[I want to] spare [myself] the physical and emotional lengthy pain….” (Briggs). After hearing this, the press publishers were shocked about her decision. She had recently been receiving doubt and hatred on social media for her choice after stating that she wanted to end her life to avoid suffering . People still thought that she was “committing suicide” after her wise comments. She did not agree with these people, because she believes that people who commit suicide want to die, and since she did not want to die, she did not consider relieving herself of pain as suicide. This is similar to when George decided that killing Lennie while being peaceful would be the best decision, rather than letting a belligerent such as Curley end his friend’s life over a mistake. If Brittany decided to live until she died naturally,
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