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George's Decision To Kill Lennie Essay

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George does not make a wise decision in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. George chooses to kill Lennie because of Lennie’s uncontrollable killing. Lennie does not mean to kill anyone but he is unaware of his strength. George thinks he is doing the right thing by killing Lennie, but really he is making a huge mistake. He believes that he is doing this for the sake of others but his decision if immoral. George was wrong for doing this, he does this for his benefit, and he is guilty.
George killing Lennie is very immoral because Lennie does not know any better. Lennie is not killing people and animals on purpose he just underestimates his strength and does not realize that he is doing wrong. Lennie is innocent and does not deserve to be killed. This quote shows that George is reluctant, “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. The crash of the shot rolled up the hills and rolled down again. Lennie jarred, and then settled slowly forward to the sand, and he lay without quivering.”(103-104). Even though George hesitates he still kills a man which is completely immoral and sadistic. George does not realize that Lennie is all the company he has and that they are technically like brothers. Lennie being killed is a little hypocritical of George because Lennie was promised by George that they would get a farm and Lennie could tend the rabbits. Therefore this was very immoral of George to kill Lennie.
Even though this seems like George is doing this for Lennie’s and the other farmers benefit he is really just doing this for himself. When George kills Lennie he no longer has to try to explain things for him and talk for him so that they can get jobs, but he also...

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