He drew a circle that shut me out —
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.
– Edwin Markham
DIRECTIONS: Write a well-organized composition on the topic below.
Often in literature, a major character faces a conflict between his or her moral principles and society’s conventions (rules of conduct or behavior). The character must choose between doing what he or she thinks is right or conforming to the demands of society.
By the end of the story, “Of Mice and Men,” the main characters’ dreams have been shattered and they have suffered great losses.
a. Explain what you believe each of the following characters has lost:
• Curley’s wife (before she loses her life)
b. In what ways are the losses of these people similar?
c. What were some of the main clues in the story that told us George and Lennie’s dream would probably not come true?
d. Why does George believe his dream is now destroyed? How do you feel when he says, “I guess I always knew we’d never do her?”
As you write your composition, remember to:
- Give the title and the author of the work.
- Focus on how each character suffered great losses.
- Give any necessary plot information but avoid giving a plot summary.
- Write in complete sentences.
- Write coherent and well-developed paragraphs.
- Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.
Expository Literary Essay Plan
Critical Response Rubric