Of Mice and Men is a fantastic novel that shows how hard it was in the times of the Great Depression. The difference between Lennie and George compared to the migrant workers is that they had each other. In the novel, it shows how George takes care of Lennie who has a mental disability. Most of the migrant workers wanted to achieve the success of the American Dream that was different for every American. Lennie and George too wanted to the euphoria of achieving their American Dream. Lennie and George’s dream was to own a ranch and live off ... Read more →
George, who points Curley and the other men in the wrong direction, finds Lennie in the brush where he told him to return at the beginning of the novel. Lennie has been having hallucinations of a giant rabbit and his Aunt Clara ; they warn Lennie that George will be angry at him for killing Curley's wife and that he has lost the possibility of having a house with a rabbit hutch. George reassures Lennie that they will have the rabbit hutch after all, meanwhile preparing to shoot his friend with Carlson's gun. Upon hearing the shot, the other men find George and Lennie. George tells them that Lennie had stolen the gun and that he shot Lennie after the gun got loose in a struggle.
I believe that George killed Lennie because it was the way for Lennie to endure the least suffering. Curley was talking about shooting him in the stomach with a shotgun, quite a painful death. George thought that there was no way for them to escape them, and so it was almost already decided that Lennie would die. He could be shot in the belly, lynched, or painlessly shot in the back of the head. That was the way George thought was best for his best friend, and so he shot him. We know that he was not trying to kill him like the rest of the ranch-hands, because he killed Curley's wife, for he told Lennie the story of the farm that they would get, so that Lennie would be in a good place when he died, not scared or in pain. George did a hard thing, although it was the right thing. If I was in this situation I hope that I could be the friend George was and end Lennie's life mercifully.