Of Mice and Men

how is this tragedy related to the title of the book


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ohn Steinbeck takes the title of this novel from the poem "To a Mouse [on turning her up in her nest with the plough": the poem was written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1785. In the poem, a farmer digs up a mouse nest and laments that all living creatures, including man, dies in the end. Mice, in particular, remember nothing of the emotional complex realities of life. Like the mice, Lennie does not have to remember any of the strife of the world.