Of Mice and Men– Lennie Small, is not a killer
Much of you may think it was simple enough for George to pick up that Luger and shoot this guy, Lennie, right in the back of the head. This, nevertheless, is not so. The internal conflict that George need to have dealt with was no doubt higher than anything you can think of. George, an angel of mercy to his good friend and confidant, Lennie Small, is not a murderer. He is quite the opposite. The care of Lennie had actually been placed into George’s hands by a passing away woman.
George had guaranteed that he would look after Lennie, watch after him, make certain he was safe. Due to the fact that the greatest risk to Lennie, George and this Aunt Clara need to have known, was himself. His large strength and easy mindedness had gotten Lennie in trouble sometimes before, and then, suddenly, he had eliminated a woman. The blame can not be put anywhere for this female’s death. Lennie had no concept what he had actually done, the only thing he knew was that George would be disturbed.
George did not kill Lennie out of spite, not due to the fact that his thoughtless, innocent, act had rushed George’s hopes of having a small farm. George had to do this since the other options were grim. Lennie might be hanged, bludgeoned and beaten by the group of ranch hands that wanted him. Or, maybe worse, Lennie would have been ripped from George’s side and been tossed into some horrid psychological institution, a threat to himself, a threat to others.
After all, if they had left that town there would be the next town, the next dead lady, and another gang to out run. Maybe it is best if Lennie’s last, easy thoughts were of George informing him of the land they would own and collaborate. George did not, after all, simply go up to Lennie and shoot him, point blank in the back of the head. He painted a beautiful picture for Lennie to gaze upon before Lennie passed away, of the vegetable garden they would plant and the bunny hutch that Lennie would supervise of.
Likewise, had Lennie lived, he would have never comprehended why there would not be ranch, only that there would be no soft bunnies for him to tend. What George did was a task to himself, to Lennie, to society, because they would have always been ranging from something to someplace. George has actually suffered the most out of any of these parties included. He has actually lost a buddy and companion, a rarity in these times. What he did ran out love, not malice, and he ought to not be prosecuted. George needs to live with what he needed to do. That need to suffice punishment.