To What Extent Was Responsible For Lennie's Death

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In John Steinback’s Of Mice and Men, George Milton and Lennie Small are two workers that travel together and bounce from ranch to ranch in search of work. At the end of the novel, Lennie, George’s companion, ends up being shot and killed. Many might argue otherwise, however I believe that Lennie Small was ultimately responsible for his own death. Lennie was not fully capable of being responsible for himself, because according to George, he was “nuts”. George had to look out for Lennie, and set rules and boundaries for him to follow in order to try and keep him out of the trouble that he would have inevitably gotten into, should George not be there to monitor him. However, even with George there to remind him to behave, Lennie still had a mind of his own, and he still neglected to listen to George’s warnings sometimes. One of those times, unfortunately, would cost Lennie his own life. Candy, a friend of both George and Lennie’s, might have perhaps foreshadowed the fact that…show more content…
Lennie had listened to George at first, but one particular day, he succumbed into Curley’s wife pressuring him to just simply talk to her. Lennie knew, at the time, that he shouldn’t have been talking to her, but he simply just could not resist to turn down her offer when Curley’s wife offered to let him pet her hair. After Lennie had locked himself onto Curley’s wife’s hair and she began to struggle, Lennie panicked, and ended up breaking her neck because he did not want her desperate cries for help to alarm the other workers and get him in trouble. Ultimately, but killing Curley’s wife, Lennie has brought death upon himself. Whether it were to be George who would kill him first, or Curley, it was inevitable at this point. If Lennie would have had listened to George, and stayed away from Curley’s wife, both of their deaths could have been
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