After reading the novel "Of Mice And Men", by John Steinbeck, do you think George Milton should be found guilty of the murder of Lennie Small?

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Anyone would help their best friend if they needed some jack, but what if they needed to be put to rest? George Milton is not guilty for the murder of his friend, Lennie Small, in the novel Of Mica and Men by John Steinbeck. George should be proven innocent because of three reasons; Curley would have brutally murdered Lennie, George had to stop Lennie from unintentionally hurting others, and it was George's responsibility to end Lennie's derogatory life.

If George did not kill Lennie in the painless way he did, then Curley would have murdered him in a pugnacious and belligerent way that was filled with indignation. On page 96, Curley retorted, "I'll kill the big son-of-a-bitch myself. I'll shoot 'im in the guts." This quote shows that Curley was going out to murder Lennie. Also, it shows that George knew Curley was going to murder him painfully, so George knew he had to get it over with humanely.

The second reason George is innocent is that if he did not do what he did, the number of Lennie's accidental victims would continue to add up. On page nine, Lennie said, "They was so little. I'd pet 'em, and pretty soon they bit my fingers and I pinched their heads a little and then they was dead---because they was so little." In this quote you see that whenever the soft thing that Lennie had writhed, contorted, or cringed, he crushed it. He has done it to mice, puppies, and women. So, George had to stop Lennie from doing these things, even if they were accidents.

The most important point is that George is the only person who had a right to kill Lennie, so it was not murder. On page 61, Candy stated, "I ought to of shot...