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Mercy Killing (Not Euthanasia)

Discussion in 'General Debates' started by The Voice of Reason, Sep 30, 2004.

  1. The Voice of Reason

    The Voice of Reason Doctor of Thinkology

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    In John Steinbecks novel "Of Mice and Men", one brother kills the other in cold blood, when no death is imminent (he is not dying of some terrible disease). Is this killing justified?

    Note - please either read the book or watch one of the two movies based on the book before you jump to conclusions about what this question is really asking.
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  2. meogi

    meogi Well-Known Member

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    First, I don't belive they are brothers, been a long time since I read it, but I could swear they were just good friends.

    Second, I'm not sure how 'moral' it was for George to kill Lennie... but I think it was justified. If only for the fact that Lennie was able to go peacefully and with the comfort of his one and only real friend, rather than from a mob of people thirsty for revenge (think of what would be going on in Lennie's mind... he'd be scared sh*tless).

    That's just my take on it though, and I hope I'm remember the ending correctly.
     
  3. The Voice of Reason

    The Voice of Reason Doctor of Thinkology

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    Meogi -

    Come to think of it, you may be right. I'm getting too old to remember, but I thought they were brothers. Heck, at least I got the name of the book right. :confused: At any rate, I didn't mean to steer this into the morality of the issue, but if this thread takes that direction, it's ok with me.
    Thanks for the reply.

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