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why did george decide to shoot lenny at the end!? and what was the meaning of the candys dogs death in the story!?Www@QuestionHome@Com

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George shot Lennie because he knew that Lennie would be thrown in prison for his action!. (Killing Curleys wife)!. So he figured he'd just kill Lennie himself, because they would kill him anyway!.

Candys dog is suppossed to represent Lennie in some ways!. The dog was known to be "good for nothing", useless in other words!. (Like Lennie)!. Slim offered to shoot Candys dog, but Candy knew that it was 'his' dog and he was responsible for it!. Slim shot the dog!. But Candy knew that he should have done it himself!. Him and his dog go way back and even in death, he should have done it!.

This goes back to the whole "George-kills-Lennie" thing!. Just like Candy and his dog, George figured it was 'his' responsibily to take Lennies life!. Afterall Lennie (Like Candys dog) was pretty useless in some ways and didn't comprehend many things!. "Useless" like Candys dog!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

George shot Lenny because he knew it would be a better end for him to die quickly, his last thoughts on his "rabbits" and dreams, than to be lynched by the mob!.

According to SparkNotes--

Candy's dog represents the fate awaiting anyone who has outlived his or her purpose!. Although Carlson promises to kill the dog painlessly, his insistence that the old animal must die supports a cruel natural law that the strong will dispose of the weak!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

candy caved!. he gave in to a death he didnt want because he knew deep down it was better that way!. similar to lenny'sWww@QuestionHome@Com