At the end of the novel, George arrives at the designated location on the banks of the Salinas River, where he plans on comforting Lennie following the accidental death of Curley's wife. He is aware that Curley is leading a lynch mob with the intention of capturing, torturing, and killing Lennie. George recognizes the gravity of the situation and understands that he must take matters into his own hands in order to save Lennie from experiencing a terrible, brutal death.
When George meets Lennie at the riverbank, he instructs Lennie to turn around as he recites their dream of one day owning an estate. Lennie is comforted by the dream and imagines what life will be like raising rabbits on their property. As Lennie is peacefully daydreaming, George ends his life by shooting Lennie in the back of the head. George's decision to kill Lennie is an act of mercy and prevents his best friend from experiencing a horrific death at the hands of Curley and his lynch mob.
After George kills Lennie, Curley's...
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