How Does Steinbeck Make Decisions In Of Mice And Men

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At least once in their lifetime, humans are faced with a difficult decision that they must make. There are no prerequisites or a specific person that is targeted for such decisions; they are simply victims of a random, coincidental, unfortunate event. It can range from world leaders that have to make a choice on behalf of their organization, to fictional characters who seem to be portrayed to have much worse matters at hand. George from John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, is faced with a life or death situation, something an average person would not usually encounter. George had to execute his “friend” to spare him from the torture of those that sought revenge on him. George’s decision might have been unethical to some, but it was also very merciful of him to…show more content…
Lennie was incapable of understanding his own strength and the subtleties of life which often led to Lennie making decisions on impulse. Some may argue that George was simply fed up with taking care of Lennie as depicted in some dialogue in the novel. While George may have found it somewhat tedious to care for Lennie, I believe that that was not the true reason for George’s choice. At this point, we can analyze what Steinbeck was trying to impart to the reader. Steinbeck depicts his compassion for people that had no homes, no family, little wealth, and those that led a nomadic existence during that time in California’s history. The stresses that accompanied such lives were indeed intense, and relationships and friendships were also complex. I hypothesize that due to the various environmental and social factors, George was truly left with no other choice. Furthermore, it is true that George became irritated at times with his compatriot; however, he still very much cared about what was to result to his mentally handicapped
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