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John Grisham

In John Grisham's novel thriller, The Pelican Brief, Grisham combines both page turning action and popcorn reading to develop his overall theme in the book, which is tracking down the person who wants the author of the Pelican Brief dead. Thanks to his use of plot and various symbols, Grisham reveals the breath-taking theme.
This story begins with the assassinations of two prominent Supreme Court justices, done by an unknown assassin and hired by an unknown source. A law student named Darby Shaw researches the connection between the two Justices that were killed and writes down "her beliefs" and analysis of what happened, which in turn builds up a strong case against the suspect; which she titles it: "The Pelican Brief". Grisham uses Darby Shaw as the key that "unlocks" the start to the action and to the theme of the book.
"Who saw the brief Gavin?…It's been passed around, and forty-eight hours later [Thomas] is dead…It fell into the wrong hands, wouldn't you say?"(Pg.117).
John Grisham uses the Pelican Brief to stir up all kinds of trouble, including the death of Darby's closest friend, Thomas, and the deaths of some key people that would have helped track down the killer. By simply writing down her thoughts in a brief, Darby has already sent two people to their death, and is fleeing from a man who is hunting her down. She must constantly change her appearance in order to throw off her hunter and to keep herself alive. Darby kind of goes to show us just how easily our life can change in an instant, and I think that Darby, in Grisham's book, represents the everyday people in America. The hunter represents those that are in a sense "lower" in society because they choose the criminal path to live.
Throughout the novel, Grisham addresses the topics of fear and trust. Darby, as shown in this quote, "I need some answers, Mr. Verheek. I'm scar…


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