To what extent is it possible to feel sorry for George at the end of the Novella?
George throughout the novella is almost a father figure to Lennie, although Lennie has a child like mind, he knew how much he has affeted Georges life.
At the end of the novella Lennie understands this, because no matter what Lennie did George was always there for him and would attempt to fix things. For example, at the begining of the novella (section one) it tells us why Lennie and George were run out of Weed. This is because Lennie wanted to touch a soft red dress and the woman called rape. This for-shadows what is to come in the upcoming sections. Due to Lennie snapping Curley's wifes neck, Lennie is to be run out of the ranch. Yet he remembered where to go if he was in trouble. George went to see if he was there when Lennie was apologising and got George to tell him about their dream.
The way that George shoots him almost seems like not only is he saving Lennie from a life of missery but releaving himself from the duty of looking after him, this is shown by “but his face set and his hand steadied” almost like he was determined to do it and had planned it in his head.
To this extent we feel sorry for George to have to end this relationship, yet on the other hand we dont feel sorry for him because he left Lennie alone knowing what he can do and what he has done in the past.