Of Mice And Men Essay

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Of Mice and MenIn Of Mice and Men novella by John Steinbeck. There's two characters that featured as best friends. George and Lennie. George is small and smart, while Lennie is big and has a mental disability. In the beginning of the story, George and Lennie say that they had a strong friendship like brothers and they have a dream of owning a house and land. However, they had many problems while working at the new job place, and it makes their dream impossible. At the ranch there's a lady that cause the conflict to change, and she is Curley's wife. Curley is the boss of place where they work. Curley's wife is a flirt because she never get that kind of attention from Curley. In the end Curley's wife end up dying by Lennie hands. In orders, to save Lennie from the society that would misunderstood him, George have too kill Lennie. Manny readers would feels bad for Lennie death and think that George is a ...view middle of the document...

" (Steinbeck; page 5 & 6) This quote show that Lennie found a dead mouse on the floor and he put it in this side pocket, so he can pet it while walking with George, but then George found out and threw it away, a disguisting had it . Another example shows that Lennie kill animals. " 'Why do you got to get killed? You ain't so little as mice.' He picked up the pup and hurled it from him… 'They tol' me and tol' me you wasn't. I didn't know you'd get killed so easy.'" (Steinbeck; page 85 & 86) The pup's that Lennie accidentally killed is one of Slims pup's, Lennie killed it because the pup's bit him too hard, and then Lennie got angry and smacked the pup's.Another reason that make their dream is impossible and why George killed Lennie is the right thing. The reason is that Lennie killed their boss wife. Curley's wife. Lennie killed Curley's wife accidentally because she had a nice soft hair and she's the one that told Lennie to touch it. "…Lennie had broken her neck…He looked down at her, and carefully he removed his hand from over her mouth, and she still." (Steinbeck; page 91) After Curley's wife died, George knew that Curley was after Lennie and wanted to kill him in a aggressive and hurtful way. Curley says. " 'I'm gonna get him. T'm going for my shot gun. I'll kill the big son-of-a-bitch myself. I'll shoot 'im in the guts. Come on, you guys.'" (Steinbeck; page 96) George didn't want Curley to kill Lennie that way so he did it instead.Many people would think that George is selfish of himself, or they would find it shocking that George just killed his best friend, after all their adventure together. To me, I don't think it was selfish because the though that life without Lennie would be simpler for George., but i think George killed Lennie because he doesn't want Lennie to suffer.In conclusion, I agree with the author to let Lennie dies. If George didn't shoot Lennie, the alternatives are much worse, Lennie have to go to prison, his mental disability might be worsen, or he might being shot in the guts by Curley and dying painfully. Instead of letting Curley shoot Lennie out of hate, George shoot Lennie out of love.

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