Introduction to 'Of Mice and Men' and John Steinbeck

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  • 'Of Mice and Men' is a novel about twofarm workers and their dream of owning their own farm
  • The title of the novel comes from Robert Burns's poem, 'To a Mouse'. In the poem Burns wrote that, "The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men/ Gang aft agley" - this means that even really well-prepared plans often go wrong.
  • The characters and events in the novel are fictional - but they show what life was like during the Great Depression
  • The real events of the Great Depression: 1) The American stock market crashed in…


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