Further Notes on Of Mice And Men;
Did you know that the title of the novel derives from a poem of the same name, by the 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns? It is about a mouse which carefully builds a winter nest in a wheat field, only for it to be destroyed by a ploughman. The most notable part of the poem reads ;
The best laid schemes of mice and men often go wrong
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
Instead of promised joy!
This employs the use of foreshadowing, as there is a parallel here with George and Lennie's fantasy of a farm of their own. We can predict that this too will end in tragedy. It may also suggest to us how unpredictable our lives are, and how vulnerable to tragedy
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