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matejluptak | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 5, 2011 at 11:32 AM via web

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I need to write a 1500 word essay proving a meaningful argument about John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Propose possible thesis statements and support I would use.

Please when you give a thesis statement tell me what I would be talking about in the body paragraphs and what evidence I would be using.

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noahvox2 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted December 5, 2011 at 12:08 PM (Answer #1)

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After having re-read Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men a couple of times over the past few weeks, I've been thinking it might be interesting to consider the subject of human relationships in the novel. Obviously, one would want to devote a paragraph or two to the relationship between George and Lennie. What's the significance of two men traveling around together and sharing a dream, but neither of them seems to have any plans to get married, like one would expect most men of this time period to do?

What about the relationship between Candy and his old dog? How does this relationship prepare the audience for what eventually happens between George and Lennie at the end of the novel?

Consider also the relationship between Curley and his wife. Even though we have a married male and female, the socially acceptable arrangement for a man and woman at this period in American history, Curley and his wife strike me as the most disfunctional couple in the novel. They have only been married a few weeks and Curley's wife already has eyes for other men. Furthermore, the "dreams" that Curley's wife had for her life seem to have ended once she got married. Compare her "dreams" to the "dream" that George and Lennie have.

So, I suppose it might be interesting to write a paper about human relationships and how George and Lennie's relationship seems to be more functional than any of the other relationships portrayed in the novel.

You might also consider writing a paper in which you show how Steinbeck reacts to Robert Burns' poem ("To a Mouse") from which Steinbeck got the title for his novel.

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