Justifiable The novel Of Mice and Men immaculatelywritten by John Steinbeck portrays the emotions and feelings of men during the timeof great depression. Throughout the novel Steinbeck has shown the importance ofan inseparable friendship by expressing the friendship of George and Lennie. Georgeand Lennie have communicated about how they feel about each other and how muchthey all care each other.
Though in the beginning it wouldn’t have seemed likeGeorge really took care of Lennie but as the plot progresses it is trulyamazing to see how Steinbeck had focused of the friendship. This theme of friendshipplays a huge role in if George’s action was justifiable by ending the bondbetween him and Lennie as the novel concludes. As mentioned at the beginning of thebook, George had taken care of Lennie for as long as he has known him. He just agreedwith the fact that Lennie needed help and he hadn’t let Lennie down with any irresponsibleactions of his own.
Even when Lennie killed Curley’s wife, which was animmature accident, no one who worked or lived at the ranch understood the truemotives of his actions. Only George seemed to understand that this was one of thoseaccidents that Lennie causes ever now and then but he gave up on Lennie whenLennie needed the most support which was unexpected. In a way George making thedecision of killing Lennie could be justifiable since it could’ve been worseespecially if Curley had done something to Lennie.
The friendship between Georgeand Lennie would have been pointless if that would’ve happened.George took the responsibility of killingLennie since he didn’t want Lennie to suffer any other punishment. He wasn’t ina position where he could’ve saved Lennie if he got caught by anyone else so hetook the inevitable decision of killing Lennie himself. If Curley would havefound out about Lennie, he would’ve killed him in a horrifying manner especiallybecause of the previous tension between them. Curley would’ve taken that as an opportunityto get revenge as Lennie broke his hand. Curley would’ve also most likely madeLennie felt hopeless and helpless but George didn’t forget to reassure Lenniebefore he had to what he had to.
Even at Lennie’s last moments George caredabout Lennie. George had never failed to care about Lennie and more essentiallytheir friendship. Anothercircumstance that made George take that decision was that he is the only onewho knew Lennie personally.
He has been with him throughout his whole life, hehad a reason to kill Lennie himself which is he knew how to calm his friend. Hediscussed to Lennie about the rabbits and that he would tend them for him andthey had also talked about their dreams. That thought probably would’ve made Lenniefeel loved and happy and only George could’ve talked to Lennie about somethinglike that. So, he took that as an opportunity to kill Lennie since he knew thatconversation would distract Lennie. He shot his friend in his happy momentsince he didn’t want him to feel lonely and hopeless when he died. Georgeis the only person who knew Lennie and only person who took care of him always,which makes his action justifiable compared to Curley or someone else who could’vekilled Lennie but only would’ve made it look like George didn’t care about his friendshipor that he cared enough to save Lennie.
Itmight’ve seemed like George achieved peace at the end after Lennie’s death buthe will always feel guilty and will have to live with that fact that he killedhis only true friend who he deeply cared about.