Many readers have been wondering why John Steinbeck entitled his book Of Mice and Men. The title actually comes from a poem by Robert Burns called “To a Mouse.” Read the excerpt below:
“But Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leaves us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!”
WRITING PROMPT: What does this excerpt mean to you? What connections do you see between the book and this excerpt from Burns’ poem?