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Why did Steinbeck call his Novel 'Of Mice And Men'?

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Why did Steinbeck call his Novel 'Of Mice And Men'? 'The best laid plans o' mice an' men gang aft agley an' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, for promised joy' John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California in 1902. His family owned some land but were not rich. Throughout his life he worked to get him through university and really did work on a ranch near King City in the Salinas Valley. 'Of Mice And Men' was published in 1937; it was later on recreated as a film. The quote above is from 'To A Mouse' by Robert Burns written over 200 years ago. He was born in 1759 and died in 1796, which made him only 37. In the story 'To A Mouse' by the Scottish poet, Robert Burns, was about how a mouse built a little but grand house of twigs and leaves for the winter, as the days got closer for the mouse to live in its newly made house, it was destroyed described as a great big machine. The quote tells us that, the best plans that mice and men have can go wrong and leave s with nothing but grief and pain. The last line of the quote means 'often go wrong' the grief and pain the mouse feels by its house being destroyed and leaving him in the cold, this pity was pushed on to George and Lennie about there dream going wrong by Steinbeck. ...read more.


George thinks about this and realises with Candy's money and help they could get the house much quicker. Soon after George, Lennie and Candy all agree that they will get the house in about a month's time. But things go wrong and George has to kill Lennie for his own and Lennies good. This is were we can refer back to 'To A Mouse' as the mouse plans how he will live in the winter in its nice, warm cosy house, but something goes wrong and a machine tears it up. In this case Lennie is the something that goes wrong and George is the machine, as Lennie kills Curly's Wife by accident and Lennie and George have to go on the run, but when George finds Lennie he kills him, even though George and Lennie had been very good and close friends he still killed him but not for him being bad, but for his own good to stop him doing something even worse. Lennie has exactly the same dream as George, he wants his own land, but with rabbits. Lennie is like a child trapped in a mans body, he is very childish at times and doesn't know his own strength. He loves stroking soft things, whether it be a cuddly toy, clothes, hair or animals dead or alive. ...read more.


She does not like her husband Curly. She has no real name as once she was married to Curley she had become his property. Curley's Wife tells Lennie that she was really going to be a Hollywood actress, but her mother hid the letters she waited for to arrive, but she really had been used. She ended up marring Curly because she was angry and annoyed at her mother. This is why she married Curley because she was lonely and needed someone there. Curley's Wife is a flirty type that is always flirting with every man that she sees, this is probably because se had no real friends and wants to make friends, everybody is afraid to talk to her because she is the wife of Curly there bosses son. These five characters I have written about are all looking for more or less the same dream, The American Dream. George, Lennie, Crooks and Candy all wanted to have there own land and maybe farm whereas Curly's Wife wanted to be an actress and have some real friends and a better husband. Many of the workers on the ranch are all lonely, even if they weren't they were made lonely by people taking away the one thing they had. A friend. I think that Crooks was the loneliest man on the ranch out of all the workers. But after Lennies death you could say that George was the loneliest of them all. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1/3 ...read more.

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