Euthanasia In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Imagine a brother, a bestfriend, suffering through the pain of battling cancer. Clearly, he is being defeated. So if the choice was up to the family, why would anyone let him die in pain and sadness if no one would want to die that way themselves! Euthanasia is represented in John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men when George shoots and kills Lennie. Euthanasia is a choice of death for a human being for his or her alleged benefit. The five types of euthanasia are voluntary, non-voluntary, involuntary, active and passive. Voluntary euthanasia is when the person asks to be killed. Non-voluntary is when the person does not give any consent to be killed, but is killed anyway. If a person makes a wish to the contrary to be killed, this is involuntary…show more content…
Choosing Euthanasia means the patient doesn’t have to worry about suffering. We all want the opportunity to travel to those mystical far away lands, share lasting memories with our loved ones, or climb a mountain to feel accomplished. After I do all of this, I know I will be able to die with a smile on my face and a “no regrets” attitude. By fulfilling dreams, euthanasia lifts the spirits of the patients which makes them forget about the bad things. Dr. Gerrit Kimsma also tells us about euthanasia fulfilling dreams Gerrit believes, “They can also focus on the things they really want to do, like taking a last trip, or making up a fight with someone in the family, or saying goodbye” (The Right to Die). I agree with Dr. Kimsma because when someone has a dream, it makes life easier for them. It puts them at ease if they accomplish that goal or dream before they die. In the novel, Lennie has a dream to tend the rabbits on their farm. Before George performs euthanasia he talks to Lennie by the Salinas River about how their life is going to be on their dream farm. George says to Lennie, “Look across the river, Lennie an’ I’ll tell you so you can almost see it” (Steinbeck 105). Lennie had a painless, almost happy, death because he was picturing his dream of tending the rabbits. Euthanasia fulfills dreams so the patient isn’t regretful that they made this
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