Explain the attitude of the following characters about what happens to Lennie at the end of "Of Mice and Men":Slim:Curley:Carlson:George:

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Susan Woodward eNotes educator| Certified Educator

At the end of Of Mice and Men, George's attitude would be the most obvious since he was the one to shoot Lennie after caring for him for so long.  In order to prevent Curley from torturing Lennie for killing his wife (as well as for crushing his hand), George performs a supreme act of kindness in killing Lennie quickly.  George knows that Lennie cannot escape punishment for what happened to Curley's wife: he will either be shot in the gut by an angry Curley, or he will end up mistreated in a prison and probably executed.  In order to make it as less painful as possible for his friend, George has Lennie think about something pleasant before pulling the trigger. He tells Lennie to think of the farm they'd planned on buying before "the best laid schemes of mice and men... went astray".  Of all the men on the ranch, only Slim understands George's act of compassion.  In an attempt to comfort George, Slim reminds George that "sometimes you just gotta" perform a terrible deed in order to be kind.  Neither Curley nor Carlson understand "what's eatin' those guys" when George and Slim leave the pond.  Curley's reaction is mixed: he's glad that Lennie is dead, but he probably wishes he had the opportunity to do it himself.  Carlson is more concerned about the "fact" that Lennie stole his luger and that George was able to get it away from Lennie and turn it on him.