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

George killed Lennie because it was the most reasonable thing to doo if they had ran away like in weed something like this could/ would happen again. George remebers what candy said about his dog being shot, saying "I should have done it myself". The most painful thing to watch would be Lennie being tortured to death.



George and Lenny had to move from place to place not only to find work, but because Lenny was often getting himself into situations, predicaments or trouble. Not that Lenny was inherently bad or evil, but that he was a big man, strong as an ox as voiced by the foreman that Lenny could out-work several men. Lenny was lacking in discretion because he essentially had the mentality of a six year old and this mentally challenged condition did not allow him the the wherewithal that he might be over-exertive at times. In this final instance, Lenny wound up accidentally killing a puppy and Curly's wife in an attempt to quit her. The same Curly that belittled and provoked Lenny into defending himself, at George's behest, that culminated in Lenny crushing Curly's hand. George knew he couldn't bail Lenny out of this one and they weren't going to be able out-run Curly, his posse and their hounds. George also knew Curly had a bloodlust for vengence & this would be his justification to brutally kill Lenny in the most torturous fashion. George also remembered Slim's suggestion of Lenny being instutionalized and Candy's regret of not shooting his old dog himself. As George caught up to Lenny at their secret, pre-arranged meeting place, you could feel the emotion in the passage when George tells Lenny to think about the farm they came so close to finally aquiring. Leading Lenny to believe they soon would and that Lenny would be charged with taking care of the rabbits. What a last vision to instill in Lenny's simple mind who was non-the-wiser of the gravity of the situation. Then, as Lenny was kneeling and re-counting how he would hold, love and pet the rabbits, George knew he had had to pull the trigger aiming, at the base of Lenny's skull, to give him a better fate than he would have met at the hands of Curly.

George killed Lennie because George was a murderer. And Lennie wanted to kill George, so George thought that he should just kill Lennie.


R.I.P. Lennie