Teacher Guide

Of Mice and Men Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

• Compare with Steinbeck’s most famous work, The Grapes of Wrath, which also addresses themes pertinent to the Great Depression

• consider other books that have been censored or banned, such as To Kill a Mockingbird

• compare with other iconic works of American literature from the 1930s, such as Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night

• compare to Old Yeller, another example of a character being forced to kill something he loves

• compare to Rainman, a film about the love between a mentally handicapped man and the man who helps him through life.

• compare to One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, another example of a mercy kill to prevent a character from suffering a worse life

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