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"Of Mice And Men" By John Steinbeck

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Many books have titles that are meaningful. Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face has an apt title because the book develops Lucy's attitude toward her face. Cisnero's House on Mango Street has a title that reflects the symbolism of the house and reflects the events on Mango Street. John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men has a significant title because the title has so many interpretations. Of Mice and Men is an appropriate title because the characters are mice and men, the plot moves from mice to men, and the theme is about unfulfilled dreams of mice and men.The characters in the book are both mice and men. The first example of an individual who was a mouse is Lennie. Lennie is a mouse because he completely relies on George and can't even take care of himself or do mundane things such as drink water from the proper source. Another mouse is Candy. He is a mouse because he is physically disabled and cannot perform any jobs except that of a swamper. Candy also couldn't ...view middle of the document...

In the very beginning of the book, Lennie has a mouse in his pocket which he enjoyed petting. Unfortunately, he was too rough with the tiny creature and killed it, like he did with all of the mice he had had in the past. Later, Slim's dog gave birth to a litter of pups. Of course, Lennie was very interested in owning one of the soft pups so he could pet it. While playing with his new pup, Lennie smacked it when it nipped at him. The blow to the pup was too much and killed it. The killing of a human came shortly after the pup's death. Lennie was still only trying to conceal the lifeless pup in the straw when Curley's wife came into the barn. Against Lennie's initial will, the two of them began talking. Curley's wife invited Lennie to pet her soft hair, which was done up in sausage curls. Once Lennie began to pull too hard on her hair, Curley's wife started begging him to let go. At this, Lennie panicked and tried to shut her up, but in the end he broke her neck. From the mouse to the pup to Curley's wife, the plot in this book went from killing mice to killing men.The theme of Of Mice and Men has to do with the dreams of the characters portrayed as mice and men in the book. The best laid dreams of mice and men often go astray. This theme refers mainly to George and Lennie's plan to own ten acres and "live off the fatta the land." They would have an orchard, alfalfa fields, rabbits and a long list of other comforts all to themselves. The two friends seemed to be nearing their aspiration once Candy offered to pay for more than half of the cost of the property. But, just as the theme states, their dream went astray. After Lennie killed Curley's wife and George had to kill Lennie, their dream was lost. Without Lennie's salary and companionship, George could never fulfill their dream. This supports the idea that the best laid plans of mice and men really do often go off course.Meaningful titles are common among many books. The title of the book Of Mice and Men holds an importance in the development of the characters. It also indicates what is to come in the plot. Lastly, it supports the theme of the book. In conclusion, Steinbeck's title for the book Of Mice and Men holds meaning in several different aspects.

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