To decide one's fate is a burdensome task. The one man I am talking of is of course George Milton, who has been accused of the murder of Lennie Small. The weapon found at the crime scene was a small luger. With this weapon it is believed that George Milton shot Lennie Small in the back of the head. Even though the crime scene does not point to my verdict, I believe that George killed Lennie out of self-defense.
There were several witnesses at the scene of the crime. The testimony that happened to intrigue me most was that of Curley's. His testimony made me think of the safety of the other bunkmates. The first question that was asked of him was, "What had happened to his hand?" He replied to the court that it was broken by Lennie's hand. My immediate reaction to this statement made me think of Lennie as a threat to his fellow bunkmates at the ranch. After Curley said that Lennie murdered his wife, I knew right then and there that George could not be involved with murder or manslaughter it must have been self-defense.
There is definitely much evidence from the book Mice and Men that Lennie was a threat to society. He was a death sentence to every pet he ever had. A quote from the book that really helps to explain Lennie's brute force:.
[Curley's fist was swinging when Lennie reached for it. The next minute Curley was flopping like a fish on a line, and his closed fist was lost in Lennie's big hand. George ran down the room. "Leggo of him, Lennie. Let go.".
But Lennie watched in terror the flopping little man whom he held. Blood ran down Lennie's face, one of his eyes was cut and closed. George slapped him in the face again and again, and still Lennie held on to the closed fist. Curley was white and shrunken now, and his struggling had become weak. He stood crying, his fist lost in Lennie's paw. (Pg. 62 Steinbeck Of Mice and Men)] This is just a discreet ability of this powerhouse of a man. .
After finding out what an uncontrollable character this Lennie Small was George had to end the threat after Curly's wife was killed.