Banned Book Project

By: Andrew Tao

Essential Question

What theme in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men was most influential in the controversy to censor the novella?

Brief History

"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck has been usually one of the top ten most challenged books for its contents. Of Mice and Men has been criticized and challenged because of it's euthanasia, racial slurs, and profanity through out the book.

Important Themes

Loneliness- "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place. . . . With us it ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don't have to sit in no bar room blowin' in our jack jus' because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us."

Companionship- "I was only foolin', George. I don't want no ketchup. I wouldn't eat no ketchup if it was right here beside me."

"If it was here, you could have some."

"But I wouldn't eat none, George. I'd leave it all for you. You could cover your beans with it and I wouldn't touch none of it."


I am against the banning of the book "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, because for one, it is a good book to read and it teaches you what were going through some authors minds during that time period. It also explains what actually happened during that time period as well as the book portrays the racism and euthanasia.