In Of Mice and Men, the one who meets death is Lennie. After Lennie accidentally kills Curley’s wife, the ranchmen set up a manhunt for him and plan to shoot Lennie. George, being Lennie’s only and closest friend, decides that it would be best for George himself to kill Lennie so he can die a peaceful death with a friend rather than a savage, terrifying death by the hands of strangers. “And George raised the gun and steadied it, and he brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie’s head. The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied.
Although Lennie has been instructed by George not to talk to her, he strikes up a conversation with Curley’s wife while the other men are playing horseshoes. As the conversation progresses, Curley’s wife offers for Lennie to feel how soft her hair is. At first Lennie is hesitant but in the end he can not resist. He enjoys feeling her soft hair, just as he did the mice and his puppy. When he does not let go when she asks, she begins to yell for help.
While Lennie was rubbing her hair, she didn’t want him to mess it up so she told him to stop and he started rubbing her hair harder and she tried to run and Lennie covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming but he accidentally snapped her neck. This proves that the American dream will fail because John Steinbeck uses Curley’s wife to prove that American dream is a
“I raised my gun and pulled the trigger, and I killed a man.” “Every time I stopped shooting to change magazines and saw my two young lifeless friends, I angrily pointed my gun into the swamp and killed more people”(Beah, 118). This is the first time he killed a person. He used the death of his friends to create anger to kill more people. He needed a reason for the killing, but later he makes it, so killing is a need for him and without it he goes insane. Later, UNICEF came and decided to take Ishmael out of the war and put him in a rehabilitation center.
A big part of the George and Lennie’s lives is the dream that they share: to make enough money and buy their own ranch and be able to grow crops and raise animals. Lennie has a very big attraction to soft things that he can pet; this gets him in trouble throughout his life. Many events in Of Mice and Men are foreshadowed such as Curley’s wife’s untimely death, the loss of the farm dream, and Lennie’s death. In the novel Lennie shows great interest in petting soft things, and it is also shown that Lennie normally kills the things he pets. However, Lennie and George were caught in a situation in Weed where Lennie grabbed onto a girls dress and this got him and George into serious trouble.
In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, two Depression-era ranch workers named George Milton and Lennie Smalls find themselves traveling around the country, looking for work. After Lennie’s Aunt Clara passes away, George is left to watch out for Lennie, who constantly finds himself in the middle of conflicts. He does everything he can to keep Lennie away from trouble, even if their close friendship raises suspicion at work. In the end, Lennie once again creates trouble for himself, only this time it’s worse and it’s up to George to protect him from facing consequences. The responsibility that George has for Lennie is overwhelming.
Now that there had been a serious casualty, Lennie's problems couldn't be ignored. Curly took the rest of the farm hands with him on the quest to kill Lennie. "'I'm gonna shoot the guts outta that big bastard myself, even if I only got one hand" (98). There was no way to escape from those men. With Curly's wife's blood on his hands, Lennie would die at the hands of Curly, but George killed him quickly and painlessly.
Little did they know that Lennie was in the brush and George met him shortly after everyone left. When George arrived, he relaxed Lennie and shot him in the back of the head because he knew that Curley was going to find him and kill
The story reaches a climax when Lennie unintentionally kills Curley’s wife and runs back to the Salinas River just as George instructed. Knowing that Lennie has killed Curley’s wife and will be shot by Curley, George rushes to the river to get to Lennie first. The two men talk for a short while, then George silently brings the gun to Lennie’s head and shoots him. Steinbeck’s use of foreshadowing effective in this novel. Steinbeck
The dream, like Lennie, gives them too much hope and masks the reality of their lives. They believe in it too much. Crooks tells them he sees many men with the same dream, but “never a God damn one of ‘em ever gets it.” Ripped away, Candy yells at Curley’s wife’s dead body. Angry and bitter, Candy becomes like the other ranch