Euthanasia was demonstrated throughout the story “Of Mice and Men”. The first time it was displayed through a symbol, which was a dog. Candy was an old handicapped man had a dog that was very old and sickly. A character Carlson aggressively persuaded Candy to kill his pet to keep it and the roommates out of misery. This dog symbolizes individuals sparing the lives of the things and the people they love to save them from pain and suffering. In “Of Mice and Men” Candy argued “No… No, I couldn’t do that. I had ‘im too long,”. (Steinbeck) It is typical for a pet owner or friend to not want to go through the process of Euthanasia because their personal relationship will eventually come to an end. Although grieving is ordinary for anyone experiencing death in their life, it will be easier for an individual that knows they are protecting their pet or loved one from an excessive amount of agony and discomfort.
In the story “Of Mice and Men” Carlson said “Well, you aint bein’ kind to him keepin’ him alive.” “Carl’s right, Candy. That dog aint no good to himself. I wisht somebody’d shoot me if got old an’ a cripple,” said Slim (Steinbeck). This shows that both characters condone mercy killing because it prevents a life of helplessness and hopelessness. You can tell when someone is in unbearable pain. If a person wants to be put out of that pain and are deemed mentally stable enough to make the decision they should be able to begin the process of