Robert Burns

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  • Analysis Of The Poem 'To A Louse' By Robert Burns

    Besides words on a page, the “heaven-taught” ploughman Robert Burns exists today in metal, housed in a 70-foot tall Grecian temple in his hometown of Alloway in Ayrshire. Despite the constraints of sessile metal, the Bard of Ayrshire has no difficulties getting around: one might also find great Rabbie in San Francisco, Canada, or Australia. In fact, Robert Burns has the third-largest amount of statues built in his image than any other non-religious figure (“Commemorations of Robert Burns around the World”). While the materials used to build the statues may differ, one thing is more certain: the legacy Robert Burns has built for himself is one that stands on sentiment and sympathy. Although he was capable of writing in both…

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  • Robert Burns : The Best Laid Plans Of Mice And Men Often Go Awry

    To quote the late Scottish poet Robert Burns: “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” This quote never meant much to me until I watched all of my dreams come crashing down around me on a cold, snowy day in December. I’ll start from the beginning. Since I was young I’d wanted to be in the military. My mother and father always told me stories of their time in the Pineville High School JROTC, (Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps, a type of military training for highschool students)…

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  • What Is The Theme Of John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men'?

    Of Mice and Men is a novella by John Steinbeck, published in 1937. It is set in the Salinas Valley in California during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Two migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, have a work contract at a local ranch so that they one day might purchase property of their own; however, due to Lennie’s childlike mental state the goal seems far-fetched. In his poem, ‘To a Mouse’, which is also the source of the novella’s title, Robert Burns wrote, “The best laid schemes…

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  • Foreshadowing In John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men'

    Did you know that John Steinbeck is a Nobel Prize winner? The book Of Mice and Men was based on a well-known poem called “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns. The book Of Mice and Men is about two migrant workers named George and Lennie who have a dream to own a ranch one day. How does Steinbeck use foreshadowing in his book? Foreshadowing is shown in Steinbeck’s book through these four things. He relates his book to the poem “To a Mouse”, explaining Lennie’s obsession with soft things, the idea of the…

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  • Similarities Between To A Mouse And Of Mice And Men

    “The best laid plans of mice and men/ often go awry” (Burns 38). Steinbeck adapted this quote from Robert Burns to write his novel, Of Mice and Men, indicating similar themes such as companionship. Dreams of the characters are also mentioned in both works, along with how they are not achieved at the end. The characters and their personalities also tend to resemble each other between the works. John Steinbeck’s book Of Mice and Men shows many allusions to the poem “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns…

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  • Of Mice And Men Foreshadowing

    With Lennie, he seems more happy, only that he doesn’t like getting into trouble with George. When he unintentionally kills a mouse he finds, he tries to hide his mistake, “George snapped his fingers sharply and at that sound Lennie laid the mouse in his hand” (8). Lennie accidentally killing this mouse displays that he has no control over his own strength. This incidental death foreshadows that there may be more casualties coming. In the poem To a Mouse by Robert Burns, he states, “The best…

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  • Theme Of Choice In Of Mice And Men

    Candy, an aged farm hand, had the choice to kill his dog, yet he decides against it and lets Carlson, a worker on the ranch, do it instead. Would the dog have ended with the same fate, but in a different way, if Carlson hadn’t interfered? By the looks of the dog it was inevitable that it was going to pass away soon, but Candy chose its parting way for it. Fate, as described earlier, is where events are unalterably predetermined from eternity. In Of Mice and Men fate is basically the key feature…

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  • Naturalistic Elements In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

    The poem “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns clearly reflects the naturalistic themes in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”. A naturalist would state that the “struggle against forces beyond an organism’s control”, “survival of the fittest”, and “nothing ever goes as planned” are some naturalistic elements that can be identified both in the poem and the book. In the book, the clash of Lennie's physical strength and mental weakness was beyond his control. This made him struggle throughout the entire…

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  • Loneliness And Forgiveness In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

    Loneliness, friendship, and forgiveness are just a few of the key elements in the book Of Mice And Men.The book shows lots of emotion and sorrow. Candy,Crooks, and Curley's wife show the most emotion of loneliness and sorrow. Crooks once said “Guys dont come into a colored mans room very much.Nobody been here but slim. Slim an’ the boss”. In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men, the characters tend to act stubborn and strong but deep down there is more to it, every human should have a person in…

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  • The Importance Of Dreams In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

    Is a dream just an idea, a random thought in the back of your mind, right? In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, characters like Lennie, Candy, and Curly’s wife prove that a dream is more than just an idea in your head, it is what they live for. This dream is what helps them get through hard times and keep persevering when nobody else believes in them or listens. These three characters, especially, have it hard but they have dreams in their minds that they have had for a while and that stand with…

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