Of Mice and Men was an awe inspiring book about a couple of men just trying to get by in the Great Depression. George and Lennie had known each other for a very long time and had grown to depend on each other. Throughout the book Lennie asked George to tell him about them, about they were going to get a place and live together; they never got to do that, as life would have, reality go in the way. The most controversial from this book was why George killed Lennie. It was the right thing to do for multiple reasons, the first being that Lennie was a danger to those around him as well as himself. The second is that Lennie could not survive without George and the last being that if George did not, Curley would have.
It is clear from the beginning that Lennie has caused trouble for George. In the very first chapter George and Lennie had run away from Weed because Lennie had caused trouble for them. He had reached out and grabbed a woman’s dress and she started screaming, as later we found out, and all he had done was hold onto her dress tighter, scaring her so badly that they had been out of town by the police. George told Slim later on that he had once told Lennie to jump into a river and he had nearly drowned. That, and when Curley attacked Lennie and Lennie failed to protect himself without George telling him what to do proves that he was indeed a danger to himself. He is also proven to be a danger to others when he killed all the mice, an innocent puppy, and Curley’s wife. He had no understanding of his own strength.
Lennie was also incapable of caring for himself. He counted on George for everything, including when to protect himself. Lennie shows that he is practically incapable of thinking for himself. George has to find them work, food, housing, and has to bail Lennie out of trouble. In the end, George realized that he cannot take care of Lennie forever.
George knew he had to kill Lennie himself because if he did not, Lennie would be locked up, or more likely,...