John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

834 Words Jan 21st, 2016 4 Pages
Lennie’s death, much like that of a dog, was very merciful. In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Lennie’s death is foreshadowed long before it actually takes place; based on the mercy killing of Candy’s dog, the death of a water snake from the beginning of the book, and the secret bushes being set as a hiding place in case Lennie did anything wrong. The mercy killing of Candy’s dog foreshadowed Lennie’s death. Lennie and Candy’s dog have many similar qualities. “I been around him so much I never notice how he stinks” (Steinbeck 44). Candy has been around his odorous dog so much that he doesn’t even notice how bad he smells until other people mention it to him. Like Candy, George doesn’t notice how truly unintelligent Lennie is until people mention it to him. George is used to how stupid Lennie is but doesn’t realize that he is a danger to himself and others, until something horrific happens. “Right back of the head. He wouldn’t even quiver” (Steinbeck 45). Carlson said he would shoot Candy’s dog right in the back of the head and he wouldn’t even quiver afterwards. “He brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie’s head...He pulled the trigger…and he lay without quivering” (Steinbeck 106). Both George and Carlson put the muzzle of their gun to the back of their target’s head and with one quick shot, killed their target. They did this so it was as painless as possible and their target would die instantly and not quiver or twitch. “It has often been suggested that the…

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