Could you kill your best friend? Today, I am defending George Milton for the charge of first-degree murder. George was been accused of the death of Lennie Small, his persistent responsibility. George shoots Lennie, saving him from the bloodthirsty ranch workers. George does not deserve to be charged with first-degree murder because he was forced to make an impossible decision, prevented more atrocious events from occurring, and he did it out of compassion.
First, let’s start out with the fact that Lennie and George were like family and George knew what was best for Lennie. They did everything together and George has always been there for him. Lennie said, “An’ I got you. We got each other, that’s what, that gives a hoot in hell about us” (Steinbeck 104). This response illustrates that Lennie relied on George, who took on the tremendous responsibility of caring for Lennie after his Aunt Clara died. George made all of the decisions for Lennie and if it wasn’t for George, Lennie would have never survived on his own. Lennie trusted George and would have certainly been okay with him making the appropriate decision for him. …show more content…
This drastic decision was an immense burden on George and complicated his actions. George couldn’t bring himself to shoot Lennie; it was like he was fighting an internal battle: “George raised the gun and his hand shook, and he dropped his hand to the ground again” (Steinbeck 106). This demonstrates that George didn’t shoot Lennie in a brutal or spiteful way. George purposely had Lennie think of peaceful thoughts to put Lennie at ease. He also shoots Lennie in the head instead of somewhere more painful, like his stomach. He wanted the process to be brief and painless for Lennie. Only a real friend would be that considerate toward
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Yes, George is justified in killing Lennie due to not letting him be faced against worse odds. George killed Lennie because he didn’t want him to suffer a gruesome death. Once George, Slim, Carlson, and Curley found Curley’s dead wife, Curley got mad and swore and threatened to tear Lennie’s guts out. So himself, Carlson, and Slim teamed up and got their guns to go hunt down and kill Lennie.
In the book Mice and Men George was faced with a tough decision of killing his best friends or letting him suffer, he ended up killing him. I believe George's decision to kill Lennie himself was justified. It think it was justified because if George didn't kill Lennie himself then Lennie would have had to endure some form of torture. Candy was talked into having someone shoot his dog. Candy raised his dog up since he was a pup and they've been like best friends.
This heartfelt confession from George made me question if he was guilty of manslaughter because in the moment he freaked and did not know what to do so he killed Lennie, or he was not guilty and he killed Lennie purely to protect
Famous rights activist Malcolm X once said, “If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.” This directly pertains to the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and the claim that George had murdered his friend Lennie. This, in fact, is not true. George had saved Lennie from being murdered because George had thought about the process of losing Lennie, and he had cared enough to let Lennie live his dream once more before he passed. He did not murder Lennie himself.
When someone sees another suffering they may feel the responsibility to take matters into their own hands. Lennie Small and George Milton were best friends, but George decided to kill Lennie out of love for him because Lennie got himself into trouble. John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men caused dispute on whether mercy killings are right or wrong. George and Lennie traveled together from job to job during the Great Depression. Shortly after they found work on a ranch, Lennie accidentally killed a woman.
George killed Lennie, was it self-preservation, or was it out of friendship? Many can say they do things out of love, but maybe he was just trying to make himself “feel” better… What do you base a friendship on? What someone might see as friendship, another might see as just a responsibility to stick with someone. Would you call what George did to him nagging or helping a brother out? “ O.K.—O.K. I’ll tell ya again.
It is a quick end, additionally George even protects Lennie from seeing it coming. It is an act of love, for the reason that George is putting an end to Lennie. He feels like Candy. Find quote about Carlson
Because George essentially executed Lennie, his shooting of him was a murder. Lennie was mercilessly and harshly put to death by George without any provocation. Lennie was defenseless and with no choice but to meet George's predetermined end, which is death. Murdering someone is not something you do out of love; if he had loved him, he would have tried to find a better method to assist him in getting through it. Although George believes that killing Lennie is the
Even if it hurts him to kill his best friend he comforts Lennie and makes sure he knows that none of what happened or what will happen is his fault because he doesn’t understand that what he did wasn’t his fault and Lennie’s inability to understand things has caused many issues
Killing his best friend was justified though, for one George and Lennie were always on the move because Lennie always messed up, two, in the end when Lennie messed up again, Curly was going to make him suffer for killing his wife and breaking his hand. Third, George had to kill Lennie because lennie would have done it again. Throughout the book, George mentions that he is tired of moving around from place to place. Every time they settle down Lennie goes and messes everything up.
Have you ever thought of killing your best friend? No, no one does, that person is supposed to be your everything. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, a main character gets killed by his best friend. George had no reason to kill Lennie. Lennie did not mean to kill them on purpose.
If he would not have it could’ve gone downhill and Lennie could’ve gotten mad again and done the same thing. It was for the best that George did this so he did not have to keep looking over Lennie and now he does not have to worry about being
On the other hand you can analyze the actions that George did and you can say that they were not very human decisions. George killed his best friend because Lennie killed a person and was going to get into more problems but nevertheless can not say that this is justified. George always told Lennie all the plans they had together, like buying a ranch, he was always keeping it with the expectation that they were going to stay together forever. This quote is an example of how Lennie and George looked happy in the future. "O.K. Someday- we 're gonna get the jack together and we 're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an ' a cow and some pigs..." (Steinbeck 7).
Although many people may believe George killed Lennie for selfish reasons, George shooting Lennie was actually the right thing to do and put Lennie to rest humanely. There are many reasons why some people believe that George killed Lennie for selfish and the wrong reasons. Some of those reasons are that George did not want to carry around the burden of Lennie anymore. Yes, this may be true