Why does John Steinbeck end Of Mice and Men the way he did? That is, why did he have Lennie die and not have an alternate ending? Please explain.

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In considering the ending of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, it is important to remember that the novella has been written in the style of Social Realism. While this work is a sympathetic portrayal of the lives of the bindle-stiffs during the Depression, it also exposes the injustices and inequalities of life and the struggle of the strongest to survive amid loneliness and alienation.

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