Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck Essay

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What would you do if you had the choice of either having to witness your loved one be tortured and killed through cruelty or the simplicity of you having to take their life through a mercy killing? Sometimes saving a life by taking one is the ideal action to take when it comes to someone you love, this is called Enthusiasm, a choice that a character had to face in the 1937 novel “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. “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.” (Steinbeck, 106). George had to take the life of his companion, Lennie after Lennie had accidentally killed a man’s wife on a migrant workers farm. George’s love for Lennie resulted in a mercy killing, keeping Lennie from having to face the cruel torture that was going to come to him by the hands of Curley. George did the absolute right and ideal thing for Lennie by taking his life. George had made the right decision provided that his intentions were in the right mindset, Lennie would not have to go through the suffering that he was to face in the future, and by protecting Lennie from the people around him but also protecting the people around him from Lennie.
It was always George and Lennie, never just George and never just Lennie. George and Lennie had known each other for a long time, growing up with each other and depending on one another. Even through the…

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