It was the ultimate act of friendship and sacrifice, on George's part, to kill Lennie. He knew that Lennie would be lynched and hung for murdering Curley's wife. He also knew that Lennie didn't know any better, he had no idea the power of his own strength, he did not fully know the ramifications of what he had done, but he did know that it was bad and that he might get into trouble. George basically spared Lennie from a death filled with pain and suffering and Lennie almost had this moment of clarity when he knows what George has to do and he's ok with it. 3.
And were they justifiable at all? In my opinion George’s actions at the end of the novel of killing Lennie were justifiable because even though it was a hard decision between the three choices he could have made, he weighted all his options and did what he thought was the best option for him and the most humane for Lennie. So the main question we ask is why did he kill Lennie and was it justifiable? The thing is George would not have been able to live with himself if he didn’t kill Lennie himself. George also did everything he could to kill Lennie in the most humane way possible.
When people see or hear the word “murder,” their minds will automatically transition to wrong, inhumane, cruel, vicious, diabolical, evil, or words with negative connotation. This transitional thinking shows the human morality, their belief that to annihilate life is wrong. However, there are exceptions to this belief. An exception can be found in the novella Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck, when George Milton kills his mentally disabled friend, Lennie Small. In this case, Lennie’s death was justified because of the reasons behind the kill.
This also points to how unintelligent Macbeth really was. This is true for Lady Macbeth as well, as she convinced Macbeth to follow through with the plan, even with Macbeth doubting himself so much. I don’t think anyone could have predicted how Lady Macbeth and Macbeth both responded to Duncan’s murder. In committing the murder, Macbeth became king, but he would also become a nervous wreck that could be executed at any
Question relating to specific incidents, characters, or quotes Do Dick and Perry deserve to get the death penalty, or just Dick alone? 3. Question relating to specific incidents, characters, or quotes Why were they both laughing when they knew they were going to die? Observations about how this idea is developed in the book through specific incidents, characters, or quotes: 1. Observation Dick had never dreamed of the state actually catching them because he made sure to cover up all his tracks.
Lennie had no idea what he was doing, and it wasn’t fair that he should be killed out of hate. George had learned from Candy when he said: "I ought to have shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't ought to have let no stranger shoot my dog." (Page 86) Candy had taught him that if Lennie's death was unavoidable, it might as well be done by someone who cares about him. Lennie had to be killed out of
Tom made a good choice when Mayella was trying to trap by backing away and trying not to harm her. When Atticus announces the news of Tom’s death, he says he got killed because he was trying to escape prison. “I told him what I thought, but I couldn’t in truth say that we had more than a good chance. I guess Tom was tired of white men’s chances and preferred to take his own. Ready, Cal?” (Lee 238).
By reading what was going through his mind and the evolution of his questioning, we can understand why he killed (without having to agree, of course). The details were very descriptive of how he turned insane: “Temptation! Ah temptation has eaten into me […] I must kill!”. If the story itself was reported without the progression of his mental health in the diary, there would be a totally other opinion of him. Viewing the acts
Although unsuccessful (only Lady Macduff and her son were killed), it proved that Macbeth was willing to go as far as it took to keep himself on the throne. The witches however, did plant the seeds again that led to this murder and therefore should be considered at least semi-accountable. This theory is supported even more by the murder of Banquo. The witches prophesised that Banquo’s sons would succeed Macbeth’s rule. Macbeth, now seeing Banquo as a threat, hired more people to murder Banquo and eliminate all possibility that he or his sons could dethrone
Although it is quite different than his first encounter with murder, this murder is all Macbeth’s idea. Furthermore, instead of doing it himself he decides to hire hit men to kill his friend Banquo who he believes is in his way of getting what he wants, more power. “I am in blood, stepped in so far that I should wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go’oer” (Act I, Sc.IV, Line 136-137). This serves as a pivotal moment in this play, Macbeth has decided that he is in to far already and there is no point in going back. He has decided that he already has blood on his hands he should just keep killing and getting what he desires, which now is to secure his hierarchy position.