George must have thought he was doing the right thing or he wouldn't have done it. All the men in the lynch mob must have thought they intended to do the right thing in planning to kill Lennie.
My personal opinion is mixed. I largely disagree with the title of this essay and believe that George did the right thing, but I can also see the opposing arguments. It is simplistic to say that George has committed a crime and therefore is wrong, but one cannot always take a legal argument to deal with a moral situation.
He did the right thing. he knew if the others caught him they would have tortured him. Like the scene with the dog in the middle of the book, George realizes that Lennie will be the suffering.Basically George thought that his aunt Clara would trust him and if he shot him she would of understood why he did it and that if he didn’t do it then he would just be in pain and would be beaten all the time and George wouldn’t be able to do anything about it he wanted Lennie to be happy, not in pain.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.
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