Is George guilty? In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, is George guilty of killing Lennie? Discuss

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George is certainly guilty of premeditated murder and would get a long sentence if the law took the trouble to prosecute him. I think Steinbeck shows that the law enforcement officials would not take much trouble, or go to much expense, to investigate the death of a bindle stiff in those days--especially since Lennie was bound to get killed by somebody. Steinbeck works out the plot so that the murder weapon does not belong to the man who uses it. Carlson owns the Luger, but everybody assumes that Lennie stole it when he fled the ranch. Carlson is in the clear because he is with all the other men when...

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Technically, George is guilty of premeditated murder. However, he killed Lennie because if he did not, Curley and the other men would, and George could not tolerate the idea of Curley torturing Lennie. (Curley planned on just shooting Lennie in the gut just to slow him down.) Even if the men did not kill Lennie, he would have been institutionalized, which would have been a torture as well.

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