Of Mice and Men

Why did George kill Lennie at the end of the novel?

I recently bought this novel because I thought it was interesting. Please give me a few reasons why George killed Lennie at the end of the book. I was in Monterey for vacation and happened to go to the aquarium to buy a few books. I came across Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and I asked my mom if I could buy it. She said yes.

So... Please tell me the answer. I read this book twice in one day and I have no grasp of what any of it means. Like, what is it about I mean.

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George killed Lennie because he felt he had no other choice. He could either attempt to kill him as humanely as possible or allow the other men to beat and hang him with an enormous amount of suffering. He chose to do the deed himself because he loved Lennie. 

George killed lennie, because he did not want lennie to suffer at the hands of curley. Curley said that he would shoot him, if he found him. So George did not want lennie to suffer that way. Also Slim had said that if for some reason they did find lennie and took him alive that it would be no good for him to be locked up in some room. Slim was referring to locking Lennie up in a mental hospital. So George has always done what is best for Lennie, so he did it again. He made sure that Lennie had no pain, he told lennie to think of the land and the rabbit. George made sure he shot him right in the spine and the neck to make a instant death with no pain.


rest in peace Lennie