Another Mice and Men Discussion

Starting Question: Why did George kill Lennie when he did?
It was similar to Candy and the dog. This is another comparison between Lennie and wild animals. George wanted Lennie to be happy when he died. Lennie always gets in trouble and George doesn’t learn. They are very flat characters.
Lennie remembered where to go and George knew. He easily could have concealed Lennie’s location.
Did George have the “right” to kill Lennie? He could’ve run off with Lennie and started a new life, but he probably realized that it would never get better.
George stopped believing in the dream. He only brought it up at the end to make Lennie happy. He was a sadist.
Was George trying to make life easier for himself? He tries to make amends with Lennie before he kills him. He knew there were going to be problems at the ranch but went through with it anyway. Anywhere they would go, Lennie would probably find a way to screw up because of the temptation.
Curly’s wife got what she deserved.
George is nearsighted. He knew a problem would arise at the ranch, but he had an idealized version of the future. We always see him as the ‘smart guy’, but he’s actually only smart compared to Lennie.
Lennie was a vital part of George’s dream.
Did Lennie feel remorse? Could he comprehend the weight of what he had done, and could he understand why George had to kill him?
Lennie’s idolization of George causes him a good deal of problems. If he wouldn’t have had George around, he we can assume he would have survived. He had lots of internal conflict.
Who was Aunt Clara to Lennie? Her and George played similar roles in Lennie’s life – they were both caretakers in a way.
Is killing a person “worse” than killing a mouse? For Lennie, the mouse is like losing a pet. The entire mouse/Lennie situation is foreshadowing. He only values the opportunity to have rabbits on a farm, and his killing other animals prohibits him from getting this.
Was Curly’s wife suicidal? Did she have Lennie pet her hair on purpose? Her life was not ideal by any stretch of the word. She was also blinded by her perception of the American dream of fame.


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