The Role Of Fate In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men The title of the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck was entitled to the novel for multiple reasons. The poem “To a Mouse” by Robert Burn is a poem of realism and Of Mice and Men is a line of the poem meaning mice and men had similar struggles during The Great Depression. It reflects on the conflict person vs. fate because the characters in the story have real life problems interfering with their future. One character that is effected by real life problems is Crooks. Another character effected as well is George. The final character that depicts person vs. fate is Lennie. Crook’s has many problems occur in his life that interfere with his future. One way is wanting to have freedom and rights. Since he is an African his rights are limited. “I ain’t sure I want you in here no more. A colored man got to have some rights even if he don’t like em”(80). This book took place in the 1930’s where Africans were not treated equally as Whites. Another event changing his future was when he broke his back. “Got a crooked back where a horse kicked him”(20). Crooks was working the stable and a horse kicked him and broke his back. This limits him not working to his full potential. He is not the only character having problems affect his future. Lennie also had…show more content…
The author chose to use this title because it correlates with his novel based on realism as does the poem “To a Mouse” that contains the “Of Mice and Men” meaning mice and men had same struggles during the Great Depression. There are many characters facing problems of realism in the novel. One character depicting realism is Crooks. Another character dealing with real life struggles is George. The final character also dealing with real life struggles is Lennie. Overall, when authors entitle their novels they have many of why to do so and that is why John Steinbeck entitled his novel Of Mice and
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