Was George Justified In Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men Essay In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George makes a decision in which he decides what is better for everyone. This decision has him kill his childhood friend. George’s actions were justified because he considered everyone his decision might affect. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George’s actions were justified because he saved Lennie from torture, not ever experiencing happiness, and he did what benefitted society and Lennie. George shot Lennie in the back of the head which resulted in a less painful death than what awaited him with Curley. Curley had intentions to get Lennie beat then hanged, therefore this helped justify George killing Lennie. “We oughtta let ‘im get away. You don’t know that Curley. Curley gon’ta wanta get ‘im lynched. Curley’ll get ‘im killed” (94). If George would not have intervened in Lennie’s death, his fate would have been worse with Curley. Curley’s anger was almost at its highest point, and in his rage he would have done anything to get Lennie killed, but he first would torture Lennie. “He worked himself into a fury. “I’m gonna get him. I’m going for my shotgun. I’ll kill the son-of-a-b*tch myself. I’ll shoot ‘im in the guts” (96). Leaving Lennie to Curley would not do anyone good, it would only satisfy Curley’s rage which was unnecessary. George’s actions were…show more content…
If Lennie continued to live he would accidentally hurt of kill someone else which would end in society and Lennie hurt. “For a moment he seemed bewildered. And then he whispered in fright, “I done a bad thing. I done another bad thing’” (91). Lennie was almost unstoppable, because he was mentally ill. It was not Lennie’s fault he was mentally ill, therefore it was best that his life was ended there. “‘ Never you mind,” said Slim. “A guy got to sometimes” (107). The suffering that he had endured would no longer exist. Killing Lennie was justified because George protected everyone by doing
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