Irrational Decisions In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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When faced with a hard decision with no time to think, we often make irrational decisions based on certain circumstances. To take the law upon oneself is not an option available to those who have no authority. John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ readers are confronted with a situation of similarity as George’s malignant action of shooting Lennie at the end of the novel was pressured by the threat of Curley and an apparent weakness for other’s suffering. George’s actions raised debate on how his response can be justified, however, also condemned. In support of George, he saved Lennie from a potential death at the hands of Curley, however in rejecting George’s actions, it was not definite that Curley was going to kill Lennie, but by shotting him,…show more content…
However, Curley threatens “(he’s) going to shoot the bastard (himself) even if (he’s) only got one hand. (He’s) gonna get ‘im.” Although Curley’s threat seems to put Lennie in imminent danger, these are only words. There was nothing to say that Curley would have definitely killed him, he may have only tortured him. George saved Lennie from a potential death. In addition to Curley though, George’s action can be seen as an act of justice as he kept others out of harm’s way from Lennie’s inexcusable but accidental strength. Although George’s decision can be justified, they can more so be condemned. By George’s continuous verbal expression of his anger towards Lennie, it does seem to only bring them closer; their co-dependent relationship would cease to exist without one another. Throughout the text the idea of “i got you... and you got me ...” is thoroughly explored. The two men have something that many of the men on ranches in the 1930’s wish they all had; a partner. In saying this, by George bringing a tragic ending to the novel, George is ruining the idealistic friendship that can only be described as
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