Of Mice and Men

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

At the end of the book George found Lennie and he killed him what was the reason he killed him for


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Lennie had killed Curley's wife. He didn't mean to but like all things soft, he smothered her and inadvertently broke her neck. George knew the mob was out to lynch Lennie and that at best, Lennie would end up in a cage. Curley certainly wanted his revenge in blood. George kills Lennie out of compassion to avoid such a terrible fate.