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Of Mice and Men 1

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Of Mice and Men
There are times in people’s lives when they have to decide if killing a human being has to be condemned and justified. Killing a human being is justified when considering the particular situation and circumstances. In Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, George Milton faced a hard decision to kill his best friend, a mentally challenged giant by named Lennie Small, who accidentally killed a woman at the ranch madly try to Lennie to justice, probably by killing him without regret, George must decide whether try to escape with Lennie, or end Lennie’s life quickly and peacefully himself. In the end, George’s action is justifiable in killing Lennie because he was George’s responsibility and had been with him for a long time; he cannot learn from his mistakes; and George gave Lennie a peaceful death.
To begin George was justified in his decision in the fact that he was George’s responsibility and had been with him for a long time. “Him and me was born in Auburn. I knowed his Aunt Clara. She took him when he was a baby and raised him up. When his Aunt Clara died, Lennie just come along with me out workin’. Got kinda used to each other after a little while” (Page 40). This quote proves that George was with Lennie a long time and took the responsibility of Aunt Clara. He is the responsibility of George because he spent most of his life with Lennie. “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog” (Page 61). This quote supports the claim because it foreshadowed the decision George ended up making at the end of the story. Candy, who owns the dog that Carlson shot, had wished that he had shot his dog himself since it was his responsibility and had it since it was a puppy which is why George decided to kill Lennie.
In addition, George was justified in his decision lies in the fact that Lennie simply cannot learn from his mistakes that can lead in to troubles. From the beginning of the book, it is clear that...

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