Of Mice And Men
Response to Text
I found Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, a difficult book to read. The language was very detailed and the speech was lazy as they left out letters, ?You can?t keep a job and you lose me ever? job I get. Jus? keep me shovin? all over the country all the time. An? that ain?t the worst.? However, by the end of the book I understood the language used and I actually read the book again and picked up a lot of things I first missed.
I was curious about the origins of the title and discovered it was from a line in a Scottish poem-
?The best laid schemes o? mice an ?men
Gong aft agley [often go wrong]
And leave us nought but
Grief and Pain
For promised joy.?
I think this means that no matter how well we plan something, sometimes those plans will be just dreams and never become reality, or worse, they could go terribly wrong. I think this is used in the story referring to George and Lennie?s dream of owning a farm.
This dream made George and Lennie?s friendship stronger but I think deep down George knew it was only a dream that would never eventuate.
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