Tragic Friendship In John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men'

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Tragic Friendship Killing your best friend is tragic, but it might not always be the wrong decision. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George and Lennie have a long lasting relationship. They both aspire to have a farm with a garden, rabbits, cows, and chickens. Due to disastrous events, Lennie and George will never have the opportunity of owning their dream farm. George is justified in killing Lennie because it’s for Lennie’s own good, he spared him a harsh death, and he prevented him from spending his life in jail, or running from the law.
George is justified in killing Lennie, considering Lennie would have suffered a harsher death if George didn't’ kill him. Lennie accidentally killed Curley’s wife by breaking her neck while stroking her hair. When Curley learns of his wife’s death, he immediately suspects Lennie is the killer and is determined to brutally kill him. “I’m gonna get him. I’m going for my shotgun. I’ll kill the big son-of-a-bitch myself. I’ll shoot ‘im in the guts.” (Steinbeck, page 96). Curley wants to shoot Lennie and have him die a painful death. George knows that Curley would spend the rest of his life tracking him down, to make
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First, Lennie’s death was justified, because if George did not kill Lennie, Curley would have ruthlessly murdered him. Secondly, George didn’t want Lennie to end up in jail, or be spending the rest of his life running from the law. The opposing view that George is cruel for killing his best friend Lennie is wrong. In the world today, euthanasia is similar to what Lennie did to George. Euthanasia is when someone kills another, to alleviate pain, and distress. We euthanize animals if they are suffering, sick, or injured. George euthanised Lennie because he was anticipating Lennie’s suffering and he thought it was the humane thing to do, to kill him

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