(A Discussion of the Reasons George should not have taken Lennie’s Life in John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men. ) “If you believe that the killing of innocent people is right, then you are not part of my future. ” This is the belief of King Abdullah II. It also appears to be the belief of George in Of Mice and Men, the novel by John Steinbeck. George is a very moral man, taking in Lennie, helping him around, and dealing with everything that came with this responsibility. Lennie is very slow and partially retarded, and he needs all the help that he can get. George takes in Lennie and allows him to travel with him.
But in the end of the story, George kills Lennie. Is it for Lennie’s own good? Maybe, but it doesn’t make it right; nothing will ever make killing an innocent person right. It is especially horrible when the person killed doesn’t understand what is happening to him. Some of the reasons that it was wrong for George to take Lennie’s life in Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, are that it is completely unethical, George made Lennie trust him before killing him, and if we allow these kinds of immoral acts to take place, what other principles will be adjusted to fit the circumstance of life.
One of the reasons that it was wrong for George to take Lennie’s life in Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, was that it was completely unethical. “What makes this unethical and immoral is the way these creatures are hunted and killed. ” This quote is explaining how a person believes that hunting is unethical. They believe this because they think that the way that we kill the animals, shooting them repeatedly, is painful to the animals. George does the same thing to Lennie though, he shoots him. “He pulled the trigger. The crash of the shot rolled up the hills and rolled down again.
Lennie jarred, and then settled slowly forward to the sand, and he lay without quivering. ” (Pg. 106) George looked right at Lennie as he shot him. He pulled the trigger and what the one person in his life die. He also knew that he caused it, that he killed him. George knew that he was hurting Lennie, he watched him jar in pain. That cannot be considered right, moral, or ethical. Another reason that it was wrong for George to take Lennie’s life in the novel Of Mice and Men, by Steinbeck, is because George made Lennie trust him before killing him.
Killing someone is wrong as it is, but making them trust you makes the murder so much worse. “Lennie begged, ‘Le’s do it now. Le’s get that place now. ’ ‘Sure, right now. I gotta. We gotta. ’” (Pg. 106) George talks to Lennie, convincing him that they will get a piece of land to live on together. He tells Lennie that they will go now; go live on their own now. Lennie trusts him, but maybe he shouldn’t have. “Love is… giving someone the ability to destroy your heart… but trusting them not too. ” This unknown author understands that when you love someone, you trust that they won’t hurt you.
George broke this trust. Lennie believed that George loved him enough to protect him, to keep him safe, and to love him. Lennie shouldn’t have trusted him, all George did was betray it the moment the thought of killing Lennie entered his mind. The final reason in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, that it was wrong for George to take Lennie’s life is that if we allow these immoral acts to take place, what other principles will be adjusted to fit the circumstance of life. “‘Never you mind,’ said Slim. ‘A guy got to sometimes. ’” (Pg. 07) Slim says this to George right after the murder of Lennie. Slim acts as though George had to murder him, like he had no choice. This isn’t true, George had a choice, he could have allowed Lennie to live, but he didn’t. If this is alright, what else is? Is cheating okay, is kidnapping? “Some kidnapping laws require that the taking or confining be for an unlawful purpose, such as extortion or the facilitation of a crime. ” Kidnapping is a serious crime, but so is murder. If this book shows that murder is okay, who knows when it will be alright to kidnap?
One day, we will be murdering all sorts of random innocent people, and the next day, kids will go missing all over the world. Can we say that it’s alright to do these horrible criminal acts? it being completely unethical, George making Lennie trust him before killing him, and if we begin to allow these kinds of immoral acts to take place, what other principles will be adjusted to fit the circumstance of life are just some of the reasons that it was wrong for George to take Lennie’s life in Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck.
It is completely unethical to just kill an innocent person, just like killing an animal for reasons other than food. George making Lennie trust him was the most horrible way that he could kill him. If we allow murder to happen because it’s for a “good reason”, then what other things, such as kidnapping, would we allow? Everyone should be treated the same when it comes to crime. If you commit a crime, you should be punished for it. Or as Judge Sturgess says, “Justice is open to everyone in the same way as the Ritz Hotel. ”
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