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The Death Of Lennie In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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One usually has morals that they live by, but in certain cases, he or she may abandon their own beliefs in order to belong. This situation is shown in John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, between George Milton and Lennie Smalls. George always looks out for Lennie and takes care of him. Eventually, George begins to neglect paying attention to him. George had been spending so much time with the men on the farm, thus failing to watch Lennie. George’s absence ultimately led to Lennie’s demise. George went against his morals of taking care of Lennie, like he always used to, then neglected to watch him, leading to his death. George and Lennie were best friends, they would travel together, like no other men would, they always had each other’s…show more content…
George is out playing horseshoes with the men, while Lennie however, was in the barn with the pups, then Curley’s wife walked in. For the duration of the novel, Curley’s wife, was known as a tart, and as a troublemaker, for this reason, George told Lennie to stay away from her. Lennie begins to touch her soft hair, after she had said it was ok, but he was petting it much to hard, angering her. She repeatedly told him to stop, she tried moving away, but Lennie was in a panic and grabbed on to her hair. She began to struggle and scream and Lennie tried to make her calm…show more content…
When the men were done playing horseshoes, they had found the body. George figured out what had happened first and took off looking for him, while the men set, out as a mob with guns, intending to murder Lennie. When George found Lennie, he knew he had a decision to make, he either had to kill him, or let the mob do it in a very cruel manner. He decides it would be better if he killed Lennie himself. First he calmed him down, then did what had to be done, 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 down again. Lennie jarred, and then settled slowly forward to the sand, and he lay without quivering. (“Steinbeck 106”) George was completely devastated, having just killed his best friend. However he wouldn’t of had to take that route, if he had not strayed from his responsibilities in the first
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