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Why did George kill Lennie?

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  • Submitted: 24/11/2005
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GCSE John Steinbeck

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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

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