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Is the Ending Inevitable to Of Mice and Men?

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Is the Ending Inevitable to Of Mice and Men? "And George raised the gun and steadied it, and he brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie's head. The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied. He pulled the trigger. The crash of the shot rolled up the hills and rolled down again. Lennie jarred, and then settled slowly forward to the sand, and he lay without quivering." This quotes the ending of Lennies life. This was a selfless act of love carried out by George. He already knew that either way Lennie had to die. By killing him it was taking away the pain from Lennie. George did not do it, because he saw himself as the hero, for shooting the man that killed Curly's wife, or to show that he was man enough to kill Lennie first, but it was an act of love. Lennie was the only person in the world that George actually felt a kind of love for, he was seen as a brother to George. To George the only person he is hurting is himself. George has taken away the most important person in his life so that Lennie is safe. ...read more.


George felt he was still protecting Lennie. When George killed Lennie he had to take into account that not only lennies dream was killed, but his own and candy's. All this time Lennie and George had spent together they had been planning how they could follow there dreams and become happy, and live together in happiness. This dream had been crushed, it was nobodies fault and no one had any control over it at all. Candy was bought into the dream later in the story, but the dream could never be pursued due to lennies mishap. Obviously by now George could not pursue the dream without his closest companion with him. We have to sympathise with George it mustn't have only been hard to kill his best friend, but to kill his future as well, must have been very hard. No matter how mush George sheltered Lennie from harm, the outside world and in a way reality, he couldn't stop fate. There was no escape for George and Lennie. It seemed impossible for them to get away, time was against them, and so were a lot of people, so George really had no choice but to kill his best friend. ...read more.


So this ending also wouldn't work there are too many reasons to why it wouldn't work again going against it. This alternate ending would be too predictable and there would be no twist, this is what Steinbeck really wanted in the story to end If an ending like this had of happened it would not link to the ending as there is no twist to this. There are twists that are unexpected in the story and to make the story perfect in the end would not fit in. all the way through the story you in a way expect something terrible to happen, maybe not George killing Lennie, but something that may not make sense to you, or that would make you wonder, why did he do that? The way that Lennie died was sudden, quick and much unexpected it was the perfect ending for of mice and men. This is the last way George can help Lennie. Him killing Lennie is firmly out of love, he knows he must do this otherwise Lennie will suffer forever; this is not what George wants. Lennies death comes as a bit of a shock, but the whole concept wasn't. We fully expect the story to have something tragic happen, it's the way it should end. The story is almost too perfect until this point. Steinbeck ending is inevitable. ...read more.

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