Ultimately, George shot Lennie in the back of his head. But was he justified? Though some might say it is always wrong to kill someone, in this situation it could be justified because Curley would have killed Lennie if George didn't, Lennie’s disability would have continued to cause problems, and George
Couldn’t swim a stroke. He dam near drowned” (40). If Lennie is willing to risk his life for another human so easily the chance of him performing anything another person wants him to do is high, creating a dangerous environment for the people around him. Furthermore George was going to be ostracized and potentially punished if he did not aid in the capture of Lennie or shoot him. Right before the boys went out hunting they told George to “stick with [them] so [they wouldn’t] think [he] had anything to do with [killing Curley’s wife]” (98).
If George just kept on moving with Lennie, sooner or later someone could have found Lennie’s well hidden disability. People knowing about Lennie’s disability could create more pain for Lennie because they may have sterilized or killed him for being unuseful to society. Some may say that George made mistakes too. Yes, George made mistakes such as telling Lennie to hit Curley, but none of his mistakes caused deaths. Furthermore, he didn’t have a disability.
He believes that the revolution will not be easy, but that it will be worth it in the end. Paine describes this when saying, “the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” (98). Paine says that men will be tested and some may not finish the battle. He also persuades the soldiers to fight in the battle by telling them
The responsibility that George has for Lennie is overwhelming. George and Lennie’s relationship shows how George was forced to make a difficult decision in order to protect Lennie, which suggests that being responsible for a person can cause one to make strenuous decisions for their well-being. From the beginning, it is evident that George is left to cover for Lennie’s actions because Lennie can't remember anything. He had done something wrong in their previous town, causing them both to flee even though it was only Lennie who should’ve fleed.
When conversing with Slim about Lennie, George stated that he “ ‘ Used to play jokes on ‘im ‘cause he was too dumb to take care of ‘imself…. That wasn’t so damn much fun after a while.’ “ (40) George in the beginning would exploit Lennie’s slowness by telling him to do things that were dangerous. After time passed, George stopped having fun with it because it was a bittersweet realisation that Lennie would always be easily
Friar Laurence also has a much more significant part to play in the outcome of the tragedy. As the plot of the play becomes more and more complicated, Friar Laurence develops plans that are wilder and more complex. While it is clear that the friar has the best interest of the children at heart, he has the inability to realize when his interference becomes dangerous for the young couple involved. If Friar Laurence had taken more time to think through his plans and managed to put a stop to said plans once the situation became too complex, he could have saved the lives of Romeo and Juliet. However, it is clear that Friar Laurence truly did what he thought was going to make the children
Another situation is when Huck and Jim first meet the duke and king; Huck soon realizes that they are actually con men. However, he keeps this truth from Jim because he feels that it would be useless to tell him (Twain 99). Huck knows if he tells Jim the truth, unnecessary conflicts could occur. Huck’s lying is justified because he has to in order to protect his friend.
Unlike Nanabush, he carefully plans on how he is going to revenge to his enemy, the Juggler. As Nanabush said, "I must think this out. I must think quickly, though. I may not get another chance as this rascal; besides as well as being my enemy, he's a Sorcerer and a dangerous one.” (McLeod, 13).
You can tell George would make any sacrifice for Lennie by the way he talks about him. He says “Hell of a fella, but he ain’t bright” (36). He knows that Lennie isn’t the smartest but that he is a great person and a great worker. “Well you ain’t doing no good keepin’ alive” (45). Slim says this to Candy about his dog, but is later found out to have the same meaning for Lennie.
While you read the back cover of the book Of Mice and Men and reading the descriptions of the characters you are probably thinking, why in the world would a tough and tall man like Lennie stick with such a little man like George? Well while you read the book, Steinbeck shows us through Lennie’s actions that he isn’t the brightest man alive, he is almost like a ginormous teddy bear, he loves to pet animals and he never does anything mean on purpose. But those characteristics get him into serious trouble. But George on the other hand, he is more of the tough one. He helps Lennie not get into trouble and when Lennie does he helps him get out of it
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 shows that there is a great price to be paid for not being sensitive to the needs of others as well as for taking responsibility for others. We see this take place in the novel Of Mice and Men where characters of the book are vulnerable,heartless, insensitive, and sensitive. A price is to be paid for all of these characteristics. The vulnerable characters in Of Mice and Men include Lennie, Candy, and Crooks.
The people who succeed most in life are the ones who have realistic dreams and goals. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Lennie and George have a dream to own a farm and live of the fat of the land. To fulfill this dream, Lennie and George need to work to get the money they need to purchase the farm. However, Lennie struggles with touching soft things, killing anything that gives him tactile pleasure. Every time he makes a mistakes, he counts on George to get him out of it.