Of Mice and Men: Essay Prompts Instructions: Choose one prompt and answer it completely. It’s that simple. Your paper should be typed in MLA format. Please don’t go crazy and write a ten page paper; have some holiday mercy on me! 1. How does Steinbeck’s use of language build the overall mood of the novel? 2. How do the characters in the novel advance the theme that “human existence is plagued by man’s predatory nature”? 3. Choose a character and analyze how their traits contribute to the meaning of the novel.