Euthanasia In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Euthanasia is a well debated topic of today. Euthanasia is death with dignity and the questions that goes back and forth with all these cases is if its suicide, murder, or euthanasia? Euthanasia should be supported in certain cases because people should not have to go through the pain and suffering if life is terminal. One can see that in John Steinbeck's book Of Mice and Men that George Milton killing Lennie Smalls was an act of murder. George killed Lennie when he didn't have to. However, in Brittany Maynard’s case, she had the right to end her life due to her terminal death and suffering. They should have euthanasia as an option. Individuality allows people to make their own decisions even when life is at stake, and as such Brittany Maynard’s decision should be seen as moral and George Milton’s as immoral. Brittany Maynard was completely correct in her decision to end her life.…show more content…
George killing him was murder. Lennie was not living a terminal life, nor was he suffering in anyway. He could make decisions for himself no matter what mental state he was in. They do say in the book that they think that Lennie has some kind of a mental illness. However, the boy can still walk and talk and work, and he can still think for himself. George thinks he did Lennie a favor by killing him before the others got to him. Curly said in the book, “I’m gonna shoot the guts outta that big bastard myself, even if I only got one hand. I’m gonna get ‘im.”(98). However, they made have set out to kill him, but they didn't and no one knows if they ever would have killed him. Lennie would have been mentally capable to tell George “yes” or “no” if he wanted to die. Lennie was not given any say in the own mans death. Lennie was innocent. He did not deserve to die. However, as we know, George shot him square in the back of the head. This is not considered euthanasia because there was nothing wrong with Lennie, and he had no say in ending his

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