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Darwinism in “Of Mice and Men”

A 6 page paper arguing that one of the themes of this Steinbeck work is social Darwinism that rests on the idea of the “survival of the fittest.” The notion of social Darwinism pervades all of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. It truly is an example of survival of the fittest, though as is the case in the “real world,” what constitutes fitness is decided on arbitrarily. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

STEINBECK AND FAULKER - CONTRASTS AND COMPARISONS

This paper examines two topics; one being the comparison between Lennie of Of Mice and Men and Benjy of The Sound and the Fury. The other topic revolves around the social commentary offered by Of Mice and Men.

John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath'

A 5 page paper that considers the themes of endurance as well as the relationships between man and nature and man and family. The writers focuses upon the determination and endurance of Ma Joad, who is able to demonstrate her ability to survive and to focus on her family even in the midst of great loss and transition. This paper also contains a comparison between Ma Joad and George, of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. No additional sources listed.

The American Eden in the Works of John Steinbeck

A six page paper showing how Steinbeck’s works reflect a perception of the American West as a metaphoric Eden which men seek but which ultimately fails to make them happy. Specific works discussed are “The Grapes of Wrath,” “Of Mice and Men,” “East of Eden,” and “Cannery Row.” Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Freedom in Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”

A five page paper looking at the issue of freedom in John Steinbeck’s classic novel. The paper argues that Of Mice and Men presents three kinds of freedom: the freedom from responsibility that George dreams of; the freedom from guilt that is the unwanted side-effect of Lennie’s disability; and the freedom from social pressures that is beyond the scope of either man. Bibliography lists five sources.

Steinbeck/Of Mice and Men

A 3 page research paper + annotated bibliography that address the theme of loneliness in this work. John Steinbeck is known for his novels portraying the suffering and injustice that was rampant during the time of the Great Depression in the 1930s (Vibig 32). His novel Of Mice and Men addresses the economic hardship of the era, but the focus in this work is on the emotional ramifications of the Depression in people's lives. Steinbeck wrote three novellas, which includes Of Mice and Men, that were intended as experiments in drama (Hays 92). This experiment consisted of creating narratives that consist almost entirely of description, dialogue and action, with no extensive history of a setting or interior monologue (Hays 92). Within this context, the theme of loneliness serves to tie the novel together as a whole as this is the common experience of men who must travel from place to place. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"

An 8 page essay/research paper that argues that the dichotomy between friendliness and loneliness is the principal theme in Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men. Drawing on sources, the writer argues that the subplot of Candy and his dog are intrinsic to this theme. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Friendship in Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”

This is a 5 page paper discussing friendships in the novel “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. Although the novel “Of Mice and Men” explores many facets of human emotions including pain, pity, rage, jealousy, compassion, misunderstandings and confusion, at the heart of all these emotions and the strength of the novel lies the power of the friendship between George and Lennie. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

The Survival Strategies of Cats

This is a 5 page paper discussing the survival strategies of cats. Cats, as well as other animals today, have developed different strategies for survival which include those needed for survival in the wild and the ultimate competition with natural space with man, and those needed for survival in domestic situations. In addition, strategies for cat and animal survival have also been developed by humans to help retain species threatened by the expansion of man’s urban life. The types of cats range from the larger game cats such as tigers and lions still in the wild and those cats which rely on humans for their existence in reserve, zoo and domestic environments. Depending on the environment, cats have adapted physically and in their behavior in order to further their survival. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Dreams in Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”

A 4 page paper which examines the theme and importance of dreams in John Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men.” No additional sources cited.

John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men'

A 6 page paper on this author and his novel 'Of Mice and Men.' The writer examines the influences in Steinbeck's life, the major themes, critical appeal, and the book's enduring value. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

John Steinbeck vs. Mary Rowlandson / Development Of The Travel Narrative

A 5 page paper that compares Mary White Rowlandson's narrative 'A True History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mary Rowlandson' and John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and considers the impact of the form of the travel narrative as well as attitude and themes. No additional sources cited.

Themes: Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men

A 3 page paper which examines the themes of the American Dream, friendship and loneliness as seen in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. No additional sources cited.

The Letters of Abigail Adams to John Adams

This 5 page paper provides an overview of the central themes of Abigail Adam's letters to John Adams as presented in Giles Gunn's Early American Writing. This paper provides an assessment of some of the central topics of the letters, including the theme of freedom and the belief that men fighting for freedom for all may be selective in the application of that freedom. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Scientific Discovery: Male Mice Sing To Their Female Counterparts

5 pages in length. In Ultrasonic Songs of Male Mice, Timothy E. Holy and Zhongsheng Guo seek to determine the extent to which male mice emit ultrasonic songs when in the vicinity of female mice. They discover, through scientific methodology, the conditions upon which this occurs, the varied nature of syllables used and the vastly superior scale upon which these songs are delivered. The hypothesis, therefore, seeks to determine the equivalency to what equates to song, as well as the level of diversity with regard to the individual male mouse, which results indicate a "small but significant difference in syllable usage and the temporal structure of their songs" (Holy et al, 2005, p. 386), suggesting how mice communication may hold myriad more complexity than has been understood. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

How the Novels of John Steinbeck Portrayed Man's Ongoing Struggle With Society

A 10 page paper which examines how the novels of John Steinbeck portrayed man's ongoing struggle with society, and how the companionship of family and friends assisted in the strife of humanity, and how he would forever pursue the ever-elusive 'American Dream.' Specifically considered are the novels 'Tortilla Flat,' 'In Dubious Battle,' 'Of Mice and Men,' 'The Red Pony,' and 'The Grapes of Wrath.' Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Alice Walker's 'The Color Purple' / Themes Of Survival & Change

A 4 page essay exploring themes of Alice Walker's 'The Color Purple.' The theme explored is that of survival and change. The writer contends that Shug is the catalyst for Celie's change and ability to survive, then change her life. No additional sources cited.

Robert Frost's 'Mending Wall'

A 5 page critical analysis of Frost's poem. This paper presents the major themes in the 'Mending Wall,' which include man's separation from man as well as man's relationship with nature. This poem, which Frost himself called his 'second favorite' supports the major themes developed throughout Frost's body of poetic works. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

The "dreaming" Of Mice and Men (1937): John Steinbeck

(5 pp) Steinbeck's 1937 novel of Mice and Men is a classic study in lost or unfulfilled dreams. Do we have different dreams at different times of our lives? Is it possible for a group of people to share a dream? Can dreams be fulfilled? Do dreams serve a purpose? Through the use of the novel, Mice and Men, this discussion will examine the nature, and question the need of dreams. Outline follows text.

James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” and "Another Country"

This 6 page report discusses two of James Baldwin’s works that consider the ways in which an individual is defined by his or her environment. Just as a city mouse and a country mouse live worlds apart, so do the characters of Baldwin’s stories in terms of life in suburbs or in Harlem. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

The Theme of God’s Grace in “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

This 3 page paper argues that the main theme of Flannery O’Connor’s short story A Good Man is Hard to Find” is redemption through grace. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Love and Marriage, Men and Women in William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

In four pages this paper examines the universal themes of love, marriage, and the differences between men and women within the context of Shakespeare’s sixteenth-century comedy. Four sources are listed in the bibliography.

John Williams, Star Wars

This 6 page essay discusses and analyzes John Williams' man theme from the Stars Wars films and compares this composition to the music of Richard Wagner. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Lennie in Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck

A 3 page paper which examines and analyzes the character of Lennie, as tragic hero, in John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men. No additional sources cited.

Symbolism in Of Mice and Men

A 3 page essay that discusses the symbolism used in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. The writer focuses on the symbolism of the land that George and Lennie plan to buy, Lennie's puppy and Candy's dog. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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