I am reading Of Mice and Men, and I am trying to come up with a word that describes

how George manages to shoot Lennie at the end of the book.

I have come up with Self Discipline, and Overcoming Weakness, but none of those really seem to suffice.

Any suggestions would be great!

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    moral conflict?
    – Mou某
    Commented Sep 7, 2014 at 4:35
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    Offhand, trudged through.
    – SrJoven
    Commented Sep 7, 2014 at 4:38
  • @user3306356, I like that! Want to put that in an answer so I can +1 it and accept it? Thanks for the input by the way @SrJoven!
    – A.J. Uppal
    Commented Sep 7, 2014 at 4:43
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    Reluctantly - word for doing something that you don't want to do. Commented Sep 7, 2014 at 4:59
  • The metaphorical string 'bite/biting the bullet' is perhaps the most usual way to put this, but is inappropriate here. Commented Apr 29, 2023 at 10:46

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consider: moral conflict or ethical dilemma

An ethical dilemma is a complex situation that often involves an apparent mental conflict between moral imperatives, in which to obey one would result in transgressing another. wikipedia

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