Analyze the novel “Of Mice and Men” within the context of allusions to that work in popular culture.
due by midnight on Friday, December 15*
* Note: if you are going to do the presentation (below) for extra credit, your paper is due by Sunday, December 10
Presentation (Extra credit)
due by midnight on Sunday, December 10
Definitions (as they pertain to THIS paper only!)
- ALLUSION - a reference in a text to something historical, mythological, religious or from popular culture (ie, when John Green uses the green light in Fault in Our Stars when the two are in Amsterdam to allude to The Great Gatsby)
- CONTEXT PIECE - The song, video game, TV show, etc, that contains the reference to “Of Mice and Men.”
- PRIMARY TEXT – For this paper, I just mean the actual novel of “Of Mice and Men.”
Steps for Writing
- Check out this link and explore allusions. If there is an allusion that is not school appropriate, YOU MAY NOT USE IT. Fill out this Google form (or see form below) with your choice.
- Assume the audience doesn’t know anything about the context piece you chose – the video game, show, song, etc. Summarize it and then describe in more depth where it uses references to “Of Mice and Men.” Cite your evidence.
- Now you have to explain the actual allusion within “Of Mice and Men.” If your context piece mentions rabbits, you would cite (with page numbers, of course!) why rabbits are key to the story.
- How and why does the allusion (the reference TO "Of Mice and Men") enhance or make a point in the Context Piece? What would the Context Piece be without the allusion?
A PROFICIENT paper (resulting in a grade of 70% - 85%) will:
- be properly formatted MLA style, with accurate citations
- use and cite textual evidence
- summarize the context piece and primary text for reader understanding
- analyze WHY the context piece uses the specific allusion from the primary text
- include all of the expectations for a proficient paper
- include analysis of more than one context piece which use the same allusion and compare and contrast the effect of using that particular allusion