Is euthanasia ever okay in the world we live in today? In the book Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck, George shot Lennie to save him from future suffering and danger. In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses symbolism and characterization to portray that George is right about shooting Lennie.
Steinbeck uses symbolism to assert that George is right about shooting Lennie. In the ranch, there is a controversy about Candy’s dog. From the story, it states,"I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog"(Steinbeck). This symbolizes that Candy regrets letting Carlson shooting his dog. He wanted to shoot his own dog because Candy's dog would then have a reason to die. Also, he thought that it was going to be better if he kill the dog for himself because he is the owner of the dog, however he let some other person shoot his dog. Steinbeck uses symbolism of the death of Candy's dog to relate to the death of Lennie because it both shows that they …show more content…
“George looked over at Slim and saw the calm, Godlike eyes fastened on him”(Steinbeck). Slim was in the ranch with some pups, however something was not right. In the novel, it has a quote that says,"She slang her pups last night," said Slim(Steinbeck). "Nine of 'em. I drowned four of 'em right off. She couldn't feed that many"(Steinbeck).From this quote, Slim contemplated about how the pup's future would be if he let all of them live. If Slim had let all 9 pups live, all nine of them would have a lesser chance of survival because the mother couldn't feed that many of them.After realizing this, Slim proceeded to kill 4 of the pups in order for the other five to have a greater chance of survival. Steinbeck uses this godlike character to argue that George was right about shooting Lennie by showing that if Slim supported euthanasia, then it was right for George to kill Lennie
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Candy was very, very sad to see him go. In his mind he was alone now and felt guilty that some stranger shot his dog. On page 61 Candy says "I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog. " I think when George had to make the decision
Slim told the story George had told him about this one time when George told Lennie to jump in a river. As soon as Lennie jumped in George instantly regretted telling Lennie to do so, as he quickly found out Lennie did not know how to swim. Slim claimed, “George was unaware that Lennie could not swim.” Before this he just thought Lennie was dumb. This was about the time Lennie decided to take Lennie under his wing.
When his dog is shot, Steinbeck uses this as an opportunity for foreshadowing.. “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.” (61). This scene is almost an exact replica of the very last one that occurs in the novela. Even the way Candy’s dog is shot, “‘They way I'd shoot him, he wouldn't feel nothing.
Sometimes when pets are suffering, they are put down. Do you classify this as murder, or is it seen as the better option? In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George must end Lennie’s life. Lennie had a mental handicap that made him unable to control his own actions and destroying his quality of life. Although it appears that George murders Lennie, he actually euthanizes him to save him from a painful death at Curley's hands.
In Mice of Men by John Steinbeck, George should have killed Lennie. Lennie should have been killed because he had broke Curley’s hand, killed a puppy, and killed a woman. Lennie was becoming a threat. "If I was alone I could live so easy." His voice was monotonous, had no emphasis.
Spoiler Alert: At the end of the book “Of Mice and Men”, George kills Lennie. It was a controversial death, with people from one side saying that George’s decision was justified, while others disagree and say that it was not justified. George’s decision to kill Lennie was justified by the fact that he had always looked out for Lennie, Lennie was going to die anyway, and he couldn’t bear to watch Lennie be tortured by the other workers. First, George had been looking out for Lennie since before the book started.
A naive person or thing shows a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment. The Great Gatsby is about wealthy naive people living in New York during the 1920s. Additionally, Of Mice and Men is about men working in California who naively believe they can achieve the American dream. Both F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck show naive people as unsuccessful in the end of their books.
Candy lost his right hand in a ranch accident, which is why the owners “give me a job swampin’” as he says (Steinbeck 59). He believes he will that he will be “can[ned] purty soon,” so he wants to go with George and Lennie (Steinbeck 60). When Carlson wants to shoot Candy’s dog, Candy does not want him to. He says “No, I couldn’... I had ‘im too long” and “I had him from a pup” (Steinbeck 45).
Lennie’s actions on the people at the ranch were at first confused of why George was with him and Slim even states people feel alone with someone with them. For example when Candy’s dog was shot. “Candy if you want me to I put that dog out of it’s misery right now, won't hurt him at all,” says Carlson. “Let’s wait till tomorrow,” says Candy. “We can’t sleep with that stinken dog in here,” yells Carlson.
‘Lennie begged, “Le 's do it now. Le 's get that place now.”’ George concurs, places the Luger on the back of Lennie’s head, and shoots him. One of the most controversial aspects of George Steinbeck 's novel Of Mice and Men, was the death of Lennie by his friend’s hands. Many believe that George murdered him in Lennie’s best interest, yet many others believe that George was being selfish and with his act, removed the burden of Lennie.
”I shouldn’t oughtta let no stranger shoot my dog.” It was Candy’s dog like lennie is george's friend. These events show how Steinbeck uses foreshadowing to the event of Lennie’s death in the book Of Mice And
The novella ‘of Mice and Men’ was written by John Steinbeck in the 1930s. It is set in a difficult period of time when America was sunk in deep depression. However, themes of loyalty shine brightly throughout the novella. He shows that even though Americas economy is in tatters, loyalty can still be as prominent. There were also distinct themes of disloyalty, mainly between characters.
Lennie is excited about them because they'll be furry and silky to the touch, but it also is known that Lennie tends get a little too rough with whatever he pets. This also acts as a distinct parallel to the very unattainability of Lennie and George's dream in the sense that it is so impossible to achieve the perfect lifestyle without a complication coming in the way. This is much like how Lennie’s ideal life involves possessing an abundance of rabbits to pet, where in all reality this can never happen, since Lennie is incapable of being gentle with any soft, cuddly animal that he desires. In the end, the reasons that displayed animal symbolism included Candy's dog getting shot, which foreshadowed future events, the origin and meaning of Of Mice and Men, and the theme of rabbits.
What is right and what must be done are two different concepts. Often times, life requires people to do what must be done in order to save themselves, or others, from negative consequences. The characters in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men illustrate how people implement remorseful decisions with astute intentions to help ease the consequences for those they care about. Lennie is a sizable, amicable guy.
John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men highlights the adventures of two best friends that stimulate modern issues such as white males dominating the world. There are many themes in the book, but one that is the most eye catching is the theme of people with differences being ostracized by society. This theme of society ostracizing different people is shown through Lennie’s disability, and Crooks’ color of skin. Lennie is a large migrant worker who is childish due to his mental disability. His best friend George, who acts like his second hand, helps him through everything in life.