Ending The Life Of A Best Friend In Of Mice And Men By Jon Steinbeck

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What were you thinking when you killed innocent Lennie? Some people believe that the killing of Lennie was like the killing of his puppy. Others feel it was comparable to the killing of Candy’s dog. Lennie, like his dog, was innocent and unaware of the cruel world around him. However, Lennie, with his physical strength, also killed many innocent beings, including a weak and innocent puppy and, killed a human being. In contradiction, Carlson killed Candy’s dog in an act of compassion to relieve an old and suffering animal. Did Lennie then become like Candy’s dog and killed by you in an act of kindness and compassion? There is debate weather or not your decision to end the life of your best friend was valid. As a reader your actions were portrayed as an act of courage. The decision to put Lennie to rest in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men was a courageous act because it enabled Lennie to be freed from the cruel world in which he lived and to live in the make believe world that he and you had dreamed of. Killing Lennie also saved you from another situation like the one in Weed; however, is Lennie’s death also the death of your dream?

To begin, the death of Lennie allowed him to be freed from the cruel world in which he lived and to live in the make believe world that he and you had dreamed of. Lennie could sense danger when he arrived at the ranch; he said "Le’s go, George. Le’s get outta here. It’s mean here." (Steinbeck 33). Many characters throughout the novel antagonized Lennie; Curley tried starting trouble when he thought Lennie was laughing at him. When you were at the Cat House, Lennie met with Crooks and Curley’s wife. Crooks told Lennie that you weren’t going to come back. In the novel it states “Crook’s face lightened with pleasure in his torture.” (Steinbeck 71). Curley’s wife tells Lennie that he was left at the ranch because he was weak. Lennie was picked on just because he had a mental disability. Like an innocent animal, Lennie was unaware of the vicious, predatory powers that surrounded him. Lennie was very innocent at heart, but didn’t know the greater meaning behind things. The dream farm in which you and him wanted to own was only exciting to him because of the rabbit alfalfa. Whenever the story of the farm was repeated to Lennie he always wanted to know about the rabbits rather then the real meaning; the fact that you would only have to work when you wanted to. Now that Lennie is dead he won’t have to worry about all of the troubles you had to go through to care for him. Lennie can now have all of the blue, red and green rabbits he wants in heaven and not have to worry about forces trying to hurt him. He is freed from the humanity and all of the evil it brought; he is safe now.

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