In Of Mice and Men, was George justified in shooting Lennie?

While the question of whether or not George was justified in shooting Lennie in Of Mice and Men is a matter of opinion, one could argue that George was justified, because the shooting was an act of mercy and because Lennie died far more peacefully at the hands of George than he would have with Curly and the other men.

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Although the answer to this question can be defended either way, I feel that George is justified in killing Lennie . Aside form the fact that Lennie has been and will continue to be a hindrance to George in both his personal and professional life, this is not George's main motivation for carrying out such a serious deed. Ultimately, George kills Lennie in a sense of mercy. Lennie, although he may have continued on living a happy, oblivious life, would most likely have found a much worse demise. Due to his lack of cognitive skills and his unbridled brute strength, Lennie continuously found himself in situations where not only did he do something that gets him in trouble or that he didn't mean to do, but angers other people in the process. In fact, when George ultimately does choose to kill Lennie, Lennie was essentially on the run. Curly and the rest of the people from the farm were on a man hunt to kill Lennie  and possibly George because of the trouble that he had caused for all of them...

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