WebQuest by: Ralph A. Bucci
Web Design by: Robin Furmanski Nick Leon fdgsdNick Leon

Introduction

Explaining the morality and necessity of action helps to explain one of the authentic paradoxes that our species has created--the mystery of human existence. The recurring structure that literature provides in the forms of morals and lessons becomes most evident when exploring OF MICE AND MEN. The impossibility of the American Dream, the isolated nature of human existence, the fraternity of idealized friendship, and social injustice that John Steinbeck shows presents a natural and inevitable result that questions the philosophy of good and evil.

The application of responsibility shown in George Milton towards Lennie Small becomes most commendable, yet the many facets of his devotion tends to be disturbing considering the high expectations and contagious enthusiasm that everyone that comes in contact with them senses. For many of us, this fantasy existence helps us transcend the complexities that today's world imposes. The harsh reality that the Robert Burns' poem alludes to, 'the best laid schemes of mice and men often-go awry,' provides a grim reminder and foreshadows the tragedy that no matter how deliberate we plan our courses of action, our hopes and dreams can be dashed by the ever-changing world around us and plans never come to fruition.

After partaking in this WebQuest, you will come away with a profound understanding of the power and control that the outside world can cast on individuals. This understanding will enable you to comprehend the moral issue of the novel's ending. Sometimes, even though it's not what you want, you have to do what's best for you and those you love. To continue with Robert Burns' 'To a Mouse turning up her Nest with a Plough' it concludes, '. . . and leaves us nothing but grief and pain for promised joy.'