Of Mice and Men– Life Is Not Constantly Black And White
For a lot of, life is not always black and white. In truth, throughout one’s life, the lines of back and white seem to mix into more of a grey color. Life in basic, is most likely to be loaded with gray locations than anything else, due to the fact that life does not constantly go according to strategy. In the novel, Of Mice and Guy, by John Steinbeck, there are a great deal of shady locations. It is difficult to say wether or not it is ideal of George to take the life of his friend, Lennie. Since Lennie has an inability of being self-reliant, it is ideal of George to kill Lennie, since it conserves him from more suffering, hurting others, and most importantly harming himself.
By killing Lennie, George conserves Lennie from extended suffering. After finding Lennie hiding at the Salihas River, George tells him how it is going to be one day when they have a place of their own. “We’ll have a cow … An’ we’ll have perhaps a pig an’ chickens … and down the flat we’ll have a. little piece of alfalfa-,” (p. 105) George explains to Lennie as they keep an eye out across the river. George relaxes Lennie by painting a stunning image in Lennie’s head of the little farm they will someday own. Lennie enjoys the vision of the living of the land and tending to the rabbits.
Instead of being upset with Lennie for what he did, George leads Lennie into a state of tranquility prior to shooting him. Lennie’s last thoughts of the life he lead was of consistency and satisfaction. If George had actually not killed Lennie himself, Curly would have tortured Lennie before eliminating him. Goerge understood that eliminating Lennie would only save him from more discomfort. George “pulled the triger … and [Lennie] lay without quivering,”9p. 106). Lennie did not suffer from the up close gun shot, rather he passed away quickly. George did not want to cause pain onto Lennie; George eliminated Lennie as quickly as possible.
George likewise knew that Curly want vengeance on Lennie for squashing his hand, and letting Curly kill Lennie would make Lennie suffer significantly. By taking Lennie life prior to other could, George saved Lennie from torture. Lennie is a risk to others; eliminating him entirely avoided additional harm to anybody. For example, when George lastly resisted versus Curly, he ended up doing more than required to leave from Curly. Lennie bust “ever’ bone in [Curly’s] han’,”(p. 64). Lennie is unable to recognize his own physical strength; therefore putting others in danger.
When Lennie worries in demanding situations, he winds up hurting somebody. With Lennie dead there is no possible way he can wound anyone else. In addition to squashing Curly’s hand, he also eliminates Curly’s partner. While in the barn, Curly’s spouse lets Lennie feel her hair. Lennie likes the texture of her hair and declines to let go when she shouts “watch out now, you’ll mess it up … Let go!,”(p. 92). In his panic he covers her mouth to make her stop yelling and unintentionally breaks her neck. Once again Lennie can not manage his actions.
He is better off to be dead, then killing innocent people. With Lennie dead, there is no threat of him getting in difficulty or harming anybody. Along with ending Lennie life to keep him from suffering, and harming other, it is most significantly to keep him from hurting himself. After breaking Curly’s better half’s neck, George does not wish to lecture and chew out Lennie about what he did incorrect. “Go on, George. Ain’t you gon na provide me say goodbye to hell?” Lennie asks George, (p. 104). Lennie is utilized to George seething at him after doing a bad thing.
When George chews out Lennie, it is a familiar feeling to him. It is his way of understanding that he did something wrong and mentally feeling guilty for it. In addition to feeling guilt by doing this, Lennie likewise hallucinates images of his Aunt Clara scolding him. “I tol’ you an tol’ you … I tol’ you,’ Minutes ‘George because he’s such a nice fella an’ good to you.’ However you do not never ever take no care. You so bad things,” (p. 101) came the voice of Lennie’s Auntie Clara inside his head. Unconsciously, Lennie knew what he had done, was wrong.
The image of his Auntie Clara scolding him in his head haunts him. His long term guilt is developing and triggering him discomfort. With Lennie dead he will no long have any guilt nor feel any discomfort. It was a hard decision for George to make about killing is buddy. However, if he had actually let Lennie live, he may have suffered more discomfort on account of Curly, harmed others and even himself. His death was very hard for George to deal with, however it was the best thing to do. This is an extremely grey area in George’s life, but he made the best choice.