Of Mice and Men

Why is that the title?

I was just curious, but does anyone know the reason for the title "Of Mice and Men" ?

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I believe the poem is scottish poet Robbie Burns'.

The full stanza is as follows:

"The best-laid plans of mice and men

Gang aft agley (=often go wrong).

And leave us naught but grief and pain

For promised joy."

Think of the plans that George and Lennie had... Consider the fragility of dreams.

That explanation was terrible. I'm even more confused than that other guy.

Thats a completly unnecessary comment, but the reason mostly has to do with the fact that Lennie always tried to keep the mice, and just the fact that George could have had so much control over lennie. This entire book focuses on the 'American Dream'. Remember that it was written during the great depression.

the explination was perfect........

Thanks 4 whoever wrote it.......

I think it's called that because Lennie killed mice, and then he killed people. very simple. don't think to deeply into things ^.^

the title is From a poem by Robet Burns

As well Lennie Killed a mouse and then to a "Man" (Curley's Wife)

Another explanation of the title is the saying, "the best laid plans of mice and men often come to naught." which means it doesn't matter how well you plan things out, stuff happens to mess it all up.

Yes, the title comes from Burns's poem.

i think it was because lennie was lost in the world of mice and didnt understand the world of men because while we see other characters' personal and mental analysisis, (which are very complex and confusing, something Lennie could never understand) Lennie is always stuck in the simple world of mice and bunnies..if that makes any sence at all...

or maybe the author is just a retard.

or maybe i am..

oh well. = P

help got to do compare slims treatment to George and lennie and

Curly does not understand the friendship of George and Lennie.

Wow, that's interesting.

I never thought that Curley was implying that George and Lennie were lovers until you pointed that out.

"We travel together," said George coldly. "Oh, so it's that way." George was tense, and motionless. "Yeah, it's that way."

Hm. Guess it makes sense.

Wait. I'm confused.. so at the begging Curly thought George and Lennie were gay?

The dialogue seems to suggest it.

that is a good explanation to that question but that poem that i read was not that intresting even for kids my age -_-

i am confused too buddy!!!!!!=^.^=

NO HE THOUGHT THEY WERE TROUBLE !!!!!!!!!

NO TO CLARIFY WITH EVERYBODY...

IT IS NAMED OF MICE AND MEN BECAUSE...

Robbie Burns, and old scottish poem wrote a poem called " To a Mouse", and in this poem, in the 7th verse, it says

the best schemes o' Mice and Men

Gang aft Agley....

this means that the best plans of mice and men often go astray, like what happened to Lennie and George and their plan to have a wonderful ranch..

btw.. tips*** John Steinbeck doesn't add anything in his literature that isn't important!

he didnt think they were lovers... it was just an unsual sight in the 1930's to see two migrant workers living with each other, because of the tough economic times ( GREAT DEPRESSION)

I agree with Liam F, Curly didn't think they were homosexual, he was confused. It was unlikely that he had ever see 2 men traveling together before

bj, your post makes no sense whatsoever. Stop trying to see more in the book than Steinbeck put into it. He's just saying "stuff happens to spoil our plans." Curly misunderstands George and Lennie. Whether his line "So it's that way?" implies homosexuality doesn't really matter. The point is that no one (except Slim) can fathom why two men would be pals.

The poem basically means even the best, most wanted dreams don't go right even if you were a man or a mouse. And the key theme in the book is dreams. Notice aswell how each persons action stops anothers dream from happening, e.g Lennie kills Curleys Wife, shatters her dreams but in the long run shatters Candy and Georges and His....

I DONT CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS

THE REASON IT IS NAMED "OF MICE AND MEN''

IS BECAUSE IN THE 7TH STANZA OF THE POEM "TO A MOUSE" BY ROBBIE BURNS

IT SAYS THAT THE BEST LAID PLANS OF MICE AND MEN OFTEN DONT WORK OUT

THIS HAS TO DO WITH LENNIE AND GEORGE'S PLAN TO HAVE A RANCH, WHICH DIDNT WORK OUT

Back to the homosexual undertone...my sophomore class got into a discussion about the various themes of the book...one interesting fact is how John Steinbeck portrayed all the women in this book..Aunt Clara is dead, whorehouse, woman in the red dress lied "rape", Curly's wife...all these women have negative characteristics...why??? what is Steinbeck trying to tell us?