John Grisham Research Paper

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John Grisham's Secret
Thesis Statement: John Grisham develops his character and themes in his novels to show his personal experiences. I. Characters A. Mitch McDeere 1. The Firm, plot 2. How he gets involved with the firm B. Sam Cayhall 1. Death penalty 2. His lawyer II. Themes A. Good/ evil 1. The Firm 2. A Time to Kill B. Money 1. in his novels 2. His attitude C. Concepts 1. John Grisham's tricks 2. Same formula III. Personal experiences A. As a lawyer 1. His cases 2. His success

John Grisham's Secret John Grisham is one of the most famous living, best-selling authors in America. "Since 1992, John Grisham has written a book yearly. Everyone
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She is talking about Grisham's novel The Client. In The Chamber the "good guys" and the "bad guys" are not as clearly defined as in his previous efforts (DISCovering Authors).
Another theme of Grisham's suspense novels is money. Grisham told Mel Gussow of the New York Times about his novel The Partner: "I wanted to show that with money you can really manipulate the system. You can buy your way out of trouble (DISCovering Authors). In The Firm Grisham shows "how to send the massed troops of justice in the wrong direction, and how to move dirty money among numbered accounts". "Although Grisham seems not to mind easy money, he disapproves of money gained through illegal activities" (Pringle 49) Grisham says about his situation when he was a child: "We did not have a lot of money, but we did not know it" (Newsmakers 1994, Issue 4). John Grisham is a multimillionaire. Some people say he wrote the novel The Firm to make money (Pringle 42).
A really interesting thing about Grisham's novel The Firm is that he decided to follow guidelines set forth in a writers digest article for plotting a suspense novel. The Firm was the result (Discovering Authors). The Firm uses a standards dramatic structure to create suspense: An introduction, a rising action followed by the climax or crisis, a falling action and finally a catastrophe (Pringle 45). His