Themes and Small Stuff Explained. theme [theem] Show IPA noun , adjective, verb, themed, them·ing. –noun 1. a subject of discourse, discussion, meditation, or composition ; topic: The need for world peace was the theme of the meeting.
Read the novel. The more you read it, the more prepared you will be for writing an essay on it.
Achievement with Merit/Excellence = analyse specified aspects of written text(s) convincingly.
Convincingly = the person reading your essay believes that you are very familiar with the text and topic you are discussing.
George and Lennie’s friendship has a strong effect on us because with Lennie’s death the men lost a dream that was bigger than themselves. Their dream had grown out of control. It was idealised:
Migrant men like the men in “Of Mice and Men” had a hard life. The farm dream took in everyone who heard it.
“Given the harsh, lonely conditions under which these men live, it should come as no surprise that they idealise friendships between men in such a way.”