Of Mice and Men Pros and Cons of George’s Decision to Kill Lennie PROS: GEORGE DID THE RIGHT THING PAINFUL DEATH. He is protecting Lennie from a more painful death. JAIL OR INSTITUTION. He is protecting Lennie from a terrible experience in a jail or an insane asylum. LENNIE WILL KILL AGAIN. He is preventing Lennie from killing again. LENNIE IS HELPLESS. Lennie could not live on his own. LENNIE IS GUILTY. Lennie killed another person and deserves to be punished. GEORGE IS THE CARETAKER. He is Lennie’s guardian and has the right to decide what’s best; he is doing this out of love.
Of Mice and Men Pros and Cons of George’s Decision to Kill Lennie CONS: GEORGE DID THE WRONG THING NO RIGHT TO KILL. He does not have the right to kill an innocent human being. CRIME OF CONVENIENCE. He is killing Lennie for the wrong reason--to have an easier life. LENNIE IS INNOCENT. Lennie is not responsible for his actions and does not deserve to be punished. OTHER OPTIONS. There were other things George could have done. Could have helped Lennie escape Could have tried to talk to Curley DEATH IS THE WORST OPTION. Jail or an institution is still better than death. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad.