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What reasons may lie behind Steinbeck's decision to call his novel 'of mice and men'?

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Of mice and men essay Essay question: what reasons may lie behind Steinbeck's decision to call his novella 'of mice and men'? Having recently read john Steinbecks internationally respected novella 'of mice and men' I have been asked to explain why he may have chosen the title he did, what clever connections there are between the title and the narrative and where the title came form. Firstly here is some relevant researched background information. John Ernst Steinbeck was born on the 27th February 1902, in Salinas California. He died on the 20th December 1968. He went to a university in California called Stanford University. He studied between 1920 and 1926, but did not wish to take a degree. Steinbeck worked as a manual labourer before he successfully was able to financially support himself with his writings. It was here that he developed a knowledge and love of the natural world and the diverse cultures that figure so prominently in his works. Steinbeck lived with his wife Carol in the family cottage He produced works including The Red Pony, Pastures of Heaven, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, and Of Mice and Men. ...read more.

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And leave us nought but grief and pain For promised joy! The quote from the poem above tells us that plans that we make and are thought through with so much time and consideration often go wrong. These then leave us with the bad things instead of optimism with think pessimistic we are unhappy we get grief and trouble and our joy is destroyed. This is true in relation with the book because many of the characters dreams often go wrong to. Pessimistic out looks are a big theme in the novella as there is a lot of lonely characters that are not going nowhere. To better understand how important the theme of broken dreams is within the book, I will now discuss how different characters within the narrative suffer from disillusionment and dreams that do not come true. Many of these characters grow pessimistic from previous dreams growing wrong. Firstly let us look at lennies and Georges dream there dream was to own a plot of land and for lennie to have different colour rabbits and look after them. ...read more.

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"He woulda killed the nigger" I find this very disgraceful how one human can say this to another. And as for the way curley acts toward the fellow men on the ranch is appalling using violence and bad language because he don't like the way the person acts or the way the person is especially to lennie who is completely innocent. Just because he is bigger than he is. "Come on, ya big bastard" I think he is status conscience as he likes to be at the top everybody obeying him and he feels threatened by Lennie. And he shouldn't have started a fight with lennie "Slashed at lennie with left then down at this nose with his right" In a way I think that the book should be called 'of mice and men' as Steinbeck is saying we are no different to animals in many ways because many people on the ranch act like 'pigs' To further illustrate the similarities and differences between humans and animals, creative similes are used to show how the characters on the ranch behave like animals sometimes for example many characters see lennie as a beast. ...read more.

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