Lennie Shouldn’t Have Died

Short essay about the book Of Mice and Men on my opinion of whether or not George should of killed Lennie.

There are many choices that must be made throughout life. Some decisions are easily made but others could not only change the entirety of your life, but also the life of those around you. In the novel Of Mice and Men, George is left to make a very large decision. He makes the choice to kill Lennie himself in order to ensure that Lennie will not go through any further suffering. Although George made it so Lennie did not suffer, I disagree with his decision.

The first reason why I think George made the wrong decision is because George and Lennie could have just left the farm. I think this would have been a good decision because they could have had a chance to start over. Lennie was hiding where George had told him to, so George could have just grabbed their things and snuck away. Since there were not many methods of communication in that time period, they would not be found easily.

Another reason why I don’t think George made the right decision is because of his choice shows it is okay to kill someone simply because they killed another person. Lennie did not mean to kill Curly’s wife, so why should he be killed over it? As Lennie also had mental disabilities, this would make it harder for him to have enough control over himself to stop his actions. Because of this, he should have been able to receive his punishment in another manner. He should have been able receive punishment in a different way. There are other things that could have been done to show him his wrong doings. 

Lastly, there was nothing learned by George killing his best friend when he put a bullet through his head. If there had been something else done to Lennie there would have been life lessons learned from everyone involved. By killing Lennie, everyone can just forget what happened and always think of Lennie as a bad person, compared to if he was kept alive; he would have been able to explain himself. The people around him would have been able to know more about the situation, and they would have been able to see that there are other ways to deal with the pain of losing someone rather than using revenge to cope. Both Lennie and George would have been able to help each other learn way to teach Lennie about himself and has needs to be watched and taught.

                In the end, I think George should not have killed Lennie. There were other ways the situation could have been handled and benefited more people. George and Lennie could have just left the farm and started a new life. By killing Lennie they showed that there is nothing wrong with killing someone because they killed another person, even though it was only an accident.  Lastly, there was nothing learned by killing Lennie. Could you kill your best friend over an accident?

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4 Comments
  1. Posted November 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    He shouldn’t have done because;
    A. Lennie was mentally handicapped. B. Justice was not served that way. C. It too was too easy a death.

  2. Posted December 1, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Caroline is right on the comment above. Lennie shoudn’t have died and death is the easiest thing to do, although the decision wasn’t. The hardest thing is to stand up against the problem, not solving it by shot.
    However the novel is too philosophic at some points in order to be discussed in pieces in a comment section.

  3. Posted December 12, 2011 at 2:06 am

    You have given an excellent review of this writing…

  4. Posted December 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    A very wrong decision! Death is not a solution. A tragic story.

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