Some Help for Your Of Mice and Men CourseworkFriday, July 30th, 2010
Of Mice and Men Coursework is a common request
If you are taking an American Literature Course, it wouldn’t be surprising if your teacher asked you to write an Of Mice and Men coursework. Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck’s book is not only an exponent of the 20th century American novel. It is also one of the most popular books in courses, whether in English as your native language or as a foreign one.
In case you haven’t read it yet, Of Mice and Men is the story of two ranch workers who are struggling to make a living during the 30’s Great Depression. Steinbeck wrote it in 1937 based on his own life experience. Even though today is one of the most popular books in American schools, Of Mice and Men was a frequent target of censors due tu its “vulgar and offensive” language. Anyway, it is a great book, although we understand you don’t have time to read its 150 pages (or more) and you may require some coursework help… In case you decide to go for it, here are some tips.
Every Of Mice and Men coursework should have a section dedicated to analyzing the main characters of the book. The two of them are George Milton and Lennie Small. George is a smart man who is friends with Lennie, and tries to keep him away from trouble. He looks after Lennie even though he complains about his responsibility and he keeps dreaming of a better life. As for Lennie, he is mentally disabled, quite slow and innocent, pure at heart. His physical strength together with his lack of control gets him into trouble (for example, he kills little mice which he only tries to pet). He travels with George and he is asked to keep silence. He dreams of a place of their own where he would be able to tend to rabbits.
Among the main themes of the book, there is friendship: your Of Mice and Men coursework could be focused on analyzing the bond between George and Lennie, and its consequences for both men. At the same time, loneliness is a significant factor in several characters’ lives, the main characters as well as some secondary characters. One of the most famous quotes from the book says: “A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he’s with you”.
You can focus your Of Mice and Men coursework as a definition essay, trying to define concepts as friendship, home or dream from its reading.
By the way, before writing your English coursework on this topic, how about renting the movie? This book was adapted to film several times, the first in 1939, only two years after its publication. In case you don’t find this version in your DVD store, there is a most recent version, released in 1992, directed by Gary Sinise and starred by Sinise himself as George, and John Malkovich as Lennie.