Of Mice And Men: George's Decision To Kill Lenny And Commentary

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Of Mice and Men After reading the story Of Mice and Men, I agreed with George's decision however unethical it may seem. I do not fully condone the death sentence but my opinion still stands. As I will explain, it seems George had no other decision but to take the actions he did to ensure Lenny wouldn't be killed by strangers cruelly and painfully. In a way it was his responsibility. I will explain my reasoning for this line of thought.

If you read near the end of Act 3, you will see that George did not want to kill Lenny, suggesting "Couldn't we maybe bring him in and lock him up? He's nuts, slim, he never done this to be mean." However Slim reminded George that he wouldn't be any good to himself or others that way. Only after Slim tells George "I think there's only one way to get him out of it," that George decides to kill Lenny.

It is also noticeable when George lifts the Luger only to have his hand shake and then fall back to the ground. George is made out to be a monster in this book mainly because he kills Lenny but it was really only his last-ditch choice. Mr. Moore has argued that he could have always run with him but why? To go to another town where Lenny will want to "˜touch' something because it feels nice? Then they are back on the run just like before.

George did the only humane thing he could have thought of, to kill Lenny painlessly and quickly before the other ranch hands got to him and tortured him. In a way George was dealing with his responsibility, Lenny. Mr. Moore has also argued that this is treating him as a "˜dog' so to...