Tear Jerker / Of Mice and Men

It should say something that all three examples listed below reference the same event.

  • Of Mice and Men isn't an emotional story for most of the way through, but the end will shoot you in the head if you aren't ready for it.
  • The "Guys like us" speech. Heart-warming at first, but the reprise is cruel. Especially: "But not like us. Because—" "Because I got you an'—" "An' I got you." "And I get to tend the rabbits." It's even crueller when it's said right before George shoots Lennie.
  • The final three pages are what truly take the cake, though. And as the book is now considered Public Domain, enjoy.
    "And George raised the gun and steadied it, and he brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie's head. The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied. He pulled the trigger. The crash of the shot rolled up the hills and rolled down again. Lennie jarred, and then settled slowly forward to the sand, and he lay without quivering."