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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: English
  • Essay length: 1658 words

Why did George kill Lennie?

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Introduction

Why did George kill Lennie? In this essay I am going to discuss the reasons why George kills Lennie at the end of John Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men'. I will consider the possibility that George kills Lennie to save him from a painful death. I will also think about the whether George kills him so he does not feel like Candy who felt very bad after letting a stranger kill his dog. I am also going to give a brief outline of the story. George was a migrant worker who travelled from farm to farm for work. George cares for Lennie, who is his childhood friend. Lennie is mentally disabled. Both George and Lennie dream that they could get lots of money to enable them to own their own farm, so Lennie can tend rabbits. George is a really responsible person. Lennie is a totally different person, he can't even make decisions for himself and he relies on George to do it for him. Lennie finds it really fun to touch soft things like rabbits and dogs. Therefore a farm would be a good thing for him. This had got him into trouble when he had been wrongly accused of rape when he had felt a woman's dress.

Middle

George told his aunt that he was going to look after Lennie and he definitely did. But he killed him because it was for the best. George thought that Lennie would be much happier not being in the world and that he could live away from the fact that he killed Curley's wife. George wanted a proper job and wanted to live on his own. He doesn't want to feel like Candy when someone kills the dog when he should have done it himself. He killed him because maybe his aunt wanted to him to die. If he had his own job and Lennie was still alive, Lennie would annoy him all the time and he wouldn't be able to do well in his job and get money. This would prevent him looking after himself and feeding himself and if he didn't do that then he might not survive. Lennie would not be given a fair trial and that is one reason George shoots him. For example, Curley says, "you go in Soledad an get a cop. get 141 wilts, he's deputy sheriff". This means that Lennie is guilty before anyone investigates. The police will not prosecute Curly and the men for taking law into there own hands.

Conclusion

When his aunt Clara died, Lennie just came along with me out working and we then just got kind of used to each other." Basically George thought that his aunt Clara would trust him and if he shot him she would of understood why he did it and that if he didn't do it then he would just be in pain and would be beaten all the time and George wouldn't be able to do anything about it he wanted Lennie to be happy, not in pain. Lennie was a clear danger to himself and if he stayed alive and he was a bit weird. Talking to the dog saying "now maybe George aint gunna let me tend no rabbits, if he finds out you got killed". Lennie is too much trouble for everyone. Although Lennie was annoying, the reasoning for killing him shows you that George thought did the right thing to kill Lennie. It was best that he was shot because he would of gone through so much suffering. George couldn't of let him suffer like that and he'd rather have Lennie die quickly then a slow and painful death. George did this because he loved Lennie. He didn't hate him. By Gary Hawkins

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