How to structure an Of Mice & Men essay?I just don't understand what I'm supposed to write in the introduction. What if I get a question like "Write about 2 places in the novel which you think...

How to structure an Of Mice & Men essay?

I just don't understand what I'm supposed to write in the introduction. What if I get a question like "Write about 2 places in the novel which you think are important" - what ingredients go into my intro when it hasn't mentioned a specific theme?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If I were asked to write on the question you pose (what two places...) I would say that the pool on the river is one of the places and the ranch is the other.  I would then try to talk about why those are important.  That part of my essay would talk about the themes that make the two places important.

In this case, my introduction would be something like this:

One of the themes of this work is the idea that the world treats men like George and Lennie cruelly, destroying their dreams.  The outside, destructive world is symbolized by the ranch, which is one of the important places in the book.  The other important place is the pool by the river.  It illustrates how good life can be when the outside world does not intrude and destroy things.

So, you're taking the question and using it to develop themes that you see in the book...

mstultz72 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To structure a comparison / contrast paper regarding setting:

Salinas River Valley: idyllic; Garden of Eden; haven from a heartless world; primitive; George and Lennie camp out; they are free; the world seems theirs for the taking--no boss to worry about

The Bunkhouse: infested with lice; a place of competition and violence instead of freedom and community; Lennie gets beaten by Curley; Lennie breaks Curley's hand; Carlson shoots Candy's dog there; Curley's wife is not wanted there; there is a boss to worry about; no American Dream is within reach there because of unfair work practices

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