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Posted September 22, 2008 at 7:01 AM via web

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In "Of Mice and Men," what does Slim mean when he says "a guy got to sometimes"?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 22, 2008 at 9:30 AM (Answer #1)

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When Slim says "A guy got to sometimes," right at the end of the book, he's referring to George shooting Lennie. He's saying not that a man has to shoot another man sometime—that rarely happens—but that a man sometimes has to step up and do the difficult thing. This is foreshadowed earlier in the book when he nudges Carlson along in killing his old dog. It's a recognition of responsibility, and of how hard it is to do the ethical thing sometimes. He's trying to consol George in a difficult time.

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