Of Mice and Men

Why does George kill Lennie?

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Lennie has a lynch mob after him.

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. George kills Lennie out of compassion to avoid such a terrible fate.