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I am doing the Of Mice and Men exam tomorrow morning with the exam board WJEC. This will be the second time I will have done this exam, and would like to know the meaning of the title OF MICE AND MEN. I understand it is from a poem The best laid schemes o' mice an' men. Gang aft a-gley. But what does that actually mean? Please Help thankyou
This Quote is from 'To a mouse' by Robert Burn in 1785. John Steinbeck took the title of his 1937 novel Of Mice and Men from a line contained in the penultimate stanza: "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley" (often paraphrased in English as "The best-laid plans of mice and men / Often go awry").
Steinbeck originally titled it Something That Happened (referring to the events of the book as "something that happened" because nobody can be really blamed for the tragedy that unfolds in the story), however, he changed the title after reading Robert Burns's poem To a Mouse. Burns's poem tells of the regret the narrator feels for having destroyed the home of a mouse while plowing his field.
How did you find it? :)
I thought that it was quite nice....
except for the second poem xD