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In John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, how does Lennie Small relate to the mouse in the poem "To A Mouse"?

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In the poem To A Mouse by Robbie Burns, the main character is a mouse who is comfortably set in a human home, inside a hole and has to come out of it to get his crumbs to eat. However, he gets detected by the owner of the house and freezes. In the poem, the narrator tells the mouse not to worry, for he will not hurt him. After all, what harm could a mouse do when it has the same right to live its life the best way it can. True, a mouse can be considered a pest, and a rodent, and all that, but the narrator of the poem promises the mouse that it won't hurt it, in fact, if he could he would help him.

Lennie is like the mouse because he is actually (and sadly) a social nuisance. Like a mouse, he cannot be trusted, he causes havoc wherever he goes, aggravates people, and is in a place in society in which he is at the bottom of the totem pole. He was dependant on George because he was too mentally incapable to be independent, nor make a good life for himself. However, this does not mean he...

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