Post your essay. Get expert feedback. For free.We're trying to help students improve their writing the hard way. Do you know students who want critical essay reviews from a professor of English Literature? Click like to share. Click here to sign up and post your own essay. We offer no paid services. All reviews are completely free.
George's Justice In Killing Lennie In Of Mice And Men--with A Free Essay Review
George had been taking care of Lennie for a long time, he understood that Lennie was just stupid and didnt know what he was doing. When Lennie killed Curleys wife he had been stroking her hair and got tangled in it she started to scream and was afraid and thats when he panicked and that made him grab her hair tighter. He killed her by accident but no one would understand that. So when Curley was going to go after him he would torture Lennie, kill him painfully or even lock him up. All of those things would make Lennie miserable. George had to kill him unexpectedly and calmly so Lennie wouldnt feel anything.
If Curley would have got to Lennie first he would have probably shot him multiple times and not in places that would kill him right away. He would most likely have hurt him and make him feel miserable and helpless. He could as well have Lennie locked up and torture him daily until he would die. Curley would have wanted to get his revenge for Lennie breaking his hand, and there he had an opportunity.
Another reason for George to kill Lennie himself was that he knew how to soothe Lennie and make him happy, and that was talking about their dream place. He told Lennie about the rabbits and that he would tend them. That made Lennie happy and peaceful. It meant all to George that Lennie would not have a horrible death, so he shot Lennie at a time that he was happy and was not expecting death at all.
George also knew Lennie very well. They had been friends for a long time and they cared about each other and looked after one another. Even though George was mostly looking after Lennie than the other way around. It would have been wrong for Lennie to spend his last minutes scared and being threatened by some stranger or even Curly, someone that Lennie did not like.
So it would seem that George was right to kill Lennie. He could have faced a horrifying death or torture if someone else would have killed him. George will of course always have to live with the fact that he killed his friend but he can be comforted by the thought that he was saving him.
I think there are a few issue you could address in your revision of this essay.
1. Try writing an introduction. It should include the name of the novella, the name of the author, a little bit of general information about the novella, or about something related to the aspect of the work that you are interested in (such as Steinbecks cheerful disposition--just kidding) and, then, crucially, a thesis. A thesis is a statement of what you intend to argue in your essay. Sometimes theses begin like this In this essay, I argue that Of Mice and Men is [insert something interesting and arguable about the novella here]. You can use that template or instead approach the problem of writing a thesis more obliquely. But write a thesis. That will help you realise what you arguing in your essay. Realising what you are arguing will help you focus on that argument.
2. In your essay, you dont consistently focus on your argument. Perhaps everything you say could be used to support your argument, but you dont actually use everything you say to support your argument. This is the second thing you should change in your essay. Your reader will not be reading your essay to find out what happens in Of Mice and Men. If your reader wants to find out what happens, she or he will probably read the story. Your reader is reading your essay to find out what your argument about that story is. So you need to focus on articulating the argument. That does not mean should avoid summary altogether. It does mean that you should refer primarily to those parts of the story that you intend to analyse with a view to making and supporting your argument. So refer to some part of the story, quote some part of the story, and then ask yourself, What can I say about this that will help me make my argument compelling?
3. Your basic argument is that George was right to kill Lennie because he wanted in doing so to save Lennie from a worse fate than the relatively painless unexpected death George could give him. Thats not a completely crazy argument (and its also Slims argument), even if its a little superficial, and probably wouldnt get very far in a court of law. I think the problem you have here is that the question is not really a very interesting question, by which I mean its not a question that is seriously raised and thought about it in the novella itself. Steinbeck seems to be interested in death, but not that interested in the ethics of euthanasia. The fact that George does this, kills Lennie, for Lennie is perhaps interesting, though, as a weird consummation of the relationship between George and Lennie, and as an oblique comment on the depressing character of the world inhabited by these characters, a world in which murder can be an act of kindness. Im not sure there are many options for development here for you if you are committed to sticking with the question of whether the killing is justified, though I think you could do a better job of contextualizing the murder (would you call it that?) by explaining how it can be such a consummation of Georges friendship for Lennie. Of course that would require that you refer to more than the last few pages of the work.
4. Finally, on to easier matters: Youve got a comma splice in the first sentence; youre missing the apostrophe to indicate the possessive in the second sentence; youre also missing the comma to separate subordinate and independent clauses in the second sentence; and youve also got a run-on sentence appended to your second sentence. I wont go on, but obviously you have some difficulty with standard orthography, so I would encourage you to undertake a systematic review of the rules governing punctuation (in any grammar book, or at Purdues Online Writing Lab).
Submitted by: katlaboghildur
Language and Literature 112
8 January 2010
Of Mice and Men: Argumentative Essay
At the end of the story Of Mice and Men George makes a tough decision that can be looked at as either selfish or unselfish. George had decided that he should control Lennie’s fate since he had taken care of him for so long and he should be the one to kill Lennie, not Curley or ant of the other men. George’s act at the end of the story was not selfish because Lennie was George’s responsibility and had been for a long time and because other men were trying to kill Lennie so it was better for George to kill him than men he barely knew.
As stated in the thesis statement, George had a lot to think about before making his decision to kill Lennie. One reason that George’s act was not selfish was because Lennie was his responsibility and had been for a while. “’I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog”’ (61). This quote supports the claim because it foreshadowed the decision George ended up making at the end of the story. Candy had wished that he had shot his dog himself since it was his responsibility which is why George decided to kill Lennie.
George didn’t just kill Lennie because he was his responsibility, there were other reasons. George decided to kill Lennie because there were other men trying to find and kill Lennie so he had to make his decision fast. “The voices came close now. George raised the gun and listened to the voices” (106). This quote states the actions of George at the last second as he made his decision. George had concluded that it would be better for someone Lennie knew to kill him rather than a bunch of strangers.
George had logical reasons for killing Lennie that were unselfish. What George did was cannot be looked at as selfish because he was doing what was right for Lennie. Lennie being his responsibility and the men coming after Lennie was enough to...