Of Mice And Men Essay

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What’s in a title? Learning Objective: To consider the relevance of the title and what it might tell us about the central themes of the novella. Where does the title come from? Imagine the scene. An industrious little mouse has busied away for several weeks to perfect its nest in a field. Then just as it places its final piece of straw and declares it finished, a young farm hand accidentally destroys it with his plough. Being a sensitive soul and not an ASBO with a liking for wanton destruction, the farmhand thinks how both mice and men suffer in life. Sometimes, no matter how much preparation and planning you do, things can easily go wrong and there’s nothing you can do about it. No one can completely plan for the future. In pairs, think about times in your own lives when things you had wished and planned for never actually happened. Jot down your thoughts, then feed back to the rest of the class. ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ __________________________________________ Now listen to the poem "To a Mouse [on turning her up in her nest with the plough]," written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1785. While you listen, draw the images that come into your mind in the boxes below. | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- Steinbeck used a line from this poem as the title of his novella. Can you hear the line? Write it down if you hear it.

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