The Role Of Murder In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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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.

In the case of Capital Punishment, those who murder should pay the ultimate price for something they have taken themselves… their life. An online source provides evidence stating that. “All penalties have some deterrent effect, and the more severe the punishment, the more it deters”(Jacoby). This evidence proves that the harder the punishment, the less the crime will be committed again. And in these cases, we can only end the murderer’s life to end the loss of others. Another trusted sources states “When
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In the novella “Of Mice and Men” Curley states “I’m gonna get him. I’m going for my shotgun. I’ll kill that son-of-a-b____ myself. I’ll shoot him in the guts.”(Steinbeck 96). This evidence shows that Curley was going to kill Lennie, and do it in a vengeful and unforgiving way. George only wanted Lennie not to suffer a painful death in which he didn’t deserve. To achieve a painless death, George shoots Lennie in the back of his head to make for a quick and painless death. This is a time when killing is justifiable. In the novella, the author states “But Curley’s gonna want to shoot’im. Curley’s still mad about his hand. An’ s’pose they lock him up and strap him down and put him in a cage. That ain’t no good George.” (Steinbeck 97). The evidence provided shows that George was only ensuring a peaceful end for Lennie’s future, and that he never wanted Lennie to suffer
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