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 Of Mice and Men Debate (15)

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Of Mice and Men Debate

Answer the following questions as completely as you can -- refer to the expectations of the debate before you answer!

1.  Is mercy killing right or wrong?  Why or why not?
2. What should society do with old or crippled people (Like Candy)?
3. What should society do with mentally handicapped people (Like Lennie)?
4. Is George justified in killing Lennie?  Why or why not?
5. Chapter 6 ends the same location that Chapter 1 begins.  How is the end of the novel similar/different from the beginning of Chapter 1?

After you have answered all five of the following questions respond to two of your classmates.  Once again, provide your classmates with meaningful responses -- refer to the expectations of the debate before you respond to your classmates!
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(1) I believe that mercy killing is good and bad it is good because if there's no fix to get it better whatever they have it should be there choice. I also think it is not good because they might just want to take the easy way out of things and not want to fight for there life because it might be a long time till it goes away, or they might not want to try because it would cost so much for there family.

4 points

(2) If there able to work let them work, if they cant work but can live on there own let them stay at home till they want to live in a home or until they die.

3 points

(3) I believe that mentally handicapped people are like everyone else and should be included in society as much as possible. I especially think this is the case when it comes to full classroom inclusion inside of the classroom. Full inclusion has proved to benefit both the student being implemented into the regular classroom and the other students in the classroom with him or her...

2 points

1. It depends on the situation to make it right. In Lennie's situation it was probably the right thing because the group of men from the ranch where gonna lock him up and lynch him. And George didn't want to see Lennie suffer like that. But in a case of Lennie not being mentally challenged, no because he knew what he was doing and he should be lynched for it.

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4) I don't think that George is justified about killing Lennie because of how close they've been throughout their lives. Before George kills Lennie, George hesitates to pull the trigger multiple times. George doesn't want to kill Lennie, but he tricks himself into doing so because if he doesn't, the men that wanted Lennie dead would of been worse for Lennie. Right before George does it, he puts a happy thought of the little place that they'e going to get and what animals they're going to have. George wanted to make sure that Lennie had a happy thought in his mind before he got killed. Even when George was going to kill Lennie, he still wanted to make sure he was okay.

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I Agree as well. He still cared about the well being of Lennie and didn't just want to let him get killed by the party that was coming after him.

2 points

1. I don't think that it is okay to mercy kill humans, Now I think it may be a different situation if an animal is in pain or is need of being euthanize. Being mercy killed is the same as murder if its not in the need of an animal. Mercy killing a human is wrong.

2. I think that people that are old and crippled can be put into places that have similar problems, One example would be old people homes. All the people that are in there are having similar problems and need help. It is a good thing to have these homes. It provides a place for the older people to live and to be taken care of and it allows more jobs to be created to take care of them.

3. I think that there is programs to take care of people that are mentally handicapped and to help them get better in society. Some of the programs that are included are ISI in Battle Creek. It is a program that is designed to help them cope and to give them a place that has similar people with disabilities. Society has to accept the fact that people with disabilities exist and they are real people as well. They just have different needs than other people.

4. I do not think that George is justified to kill Lennie. The reason that i think this is because if the guys got to him they would have killed him or George could have talked them into letting him go to jail in Soledad. If they would have taken him to the jail he could have gotten the help that he needs and can not have this happen again. That's all that Lennie needed in life, was to get help. He had good intentions the whole time he just had times that he couldn't control himself and maybe if he was able to be better controlled he can be a better person.

5. I think the setting at the beginning of the story was a different feeling than what was at the end of the story. When they were there the first time they were seeming on the same page and wanted to go to the ranch and be happy. Little did we know that it wouldn't end that way. When they got to the end of the story and Lennie ran to the brush to hide from the men i think that was to represent a place where they were both happy. At the beginning we found out a lot about them and what they wanted to do. When the story began they were happy and they had the dream. At the end the only person that was dreaming was Lennie and George wasn't dreaming. He was going to kill Lennie and wanted him to have good thoughts just before he died. He had all that he wanted when he died and he was still thinking he was going to go to the ranch and get the rabbits.

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2. if the elderly can take care of them self let them be but if the elderly are unable to take care of them selfs they should be put in a nursing home or assisted living.

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{4}George is not very happy when he kills Lennie. He hesitated before he actually killed him. He did put happy thoughts in his head before he left. Another reason why he did this was he was trying to distract Lennie. It wasn't going to be painful for Lennie if he didn't know what George was doing and what his plan was. George knew deep down inside it wasn't the right thing to do but he did it for the other guys.

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(3) I think that they should put them in a home if there really bad and someone can't take care of them. I also think that if there well enough to work just let them work just make sure that they got a safe job where they wont hurt them selves or someone else.

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I agree with the saftey of themselves and to other. I think that if they want to work that they should. If anything it can help them improve their motor skills and to help them get better perhaps. It can also help them work on there people skill and communication with others.

What's the context, though?

Mercy killing is fine, because it makes no sense to force someone to live when they've noticed that their existence is going to be even more worthless and painful than general.

Society can do whatever it deems right. Which, apparently, changes with their needs. Though others might later call them inhuman or something, they can act on it if they think it's of any concern.

Judging from the comments, yes, he was justified. He did it in her interest, and it didn't really make much other difference than sparing her a more painful death.

What's the context, though?

Mercy killing is fine, because it makes no sense to force someone to live when they've noticed that their existence is going to be even more worthless and painful than general.

Society can do whatever it deems right. Which, apparently, changes with their needs. Though others might later call them inhuman or something, they can act on it if they think it's of any concern.

Judging from the comments, yes, he was justified. He did it in her interest, and it didn't really make much other difference than sparing her a more painful death.

0 points

1) I believe that mercy killing is 100% okay! If someone is going to die eventually then why procrastinate it. People that are against this normally say "who says it's okay for you to play God". As this is true, I also feel like it is morally wrong to let someone that has a poor quality of life to live in the conditions that they are living in.

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2) Everyone has their own opinions on what society should do with old or crippled people. My opinion is that you should let them do them. Let them do whatever they want. If they mess up they mess up and they have to deal with the repercussions for what they did.