Idea of confession under legal jurisdiction: John Grisham’s The Confession
Originally titled The Confession of Blueberries, this text becomes a pertinent effort to categorize the vast law and law which undermines the spirit of the common man.
With verbiage resting upon legal terms like parole, execution, the death penalty, judicial sentence and justice, this novel becomes an enthralling fiction, which creates doubts, potholes, and finally an acceptable conclusion in the mind of the readers.
The novel does not, even for once fail to maintain the swift pace of writing.
With characters that bear a close resemblance to all those personalities we see around us in our humdrum life, this novel looks into the simple fundamentals of language, thereby channelizing the most exceptional potentials of literary craft, in delineating situations from an actual death row.
A legal case or a day to day court hearing session.
Robbie Flak, the practitioner, and heir of the Flak legal firm
“Urged his father to take on civil rights cases, age and sex discrimination cases, unfair housing cases, police brutality cases, the type of work that can get one ostracized in a small southern town…”
So instead of words which touch only our heart, we feel that these are words are smash at their spirit and their demeanor.
The Confession: The hardcover print, which tells it all
This hardcover rendering of all minor and major influences that law can have on the social and mental lives of the ordinary masses are enough examples of what can be done to increase the literary excitement of the text. Grisham has indeed taken up, or it is better to say that he takes inspiration from all kinds of real-life influences which go round in our daily lives.
Whether we have the character of Nicole or Reeva, or Travis or Roberta, we find that they are not alien to our basic human understanding.
The mother who suffered from disease for quite a long time, the brutal physical torture inflicted upon Nicole Yarber and also the melodramatic and often histrionic and impractical behavior of Reeva who insists that death punishment can be the right form of punishment for any crime, thus revelling in the spirit of what we can find in our everyday lives.
The cat and mouse story: the work of the detective is in focus (The Confession)
Just as is the case with any James Bond story, Grisham’s novel also deals with the cat and mouse game with the detective and the culprits.
The events create a maximum output for understanding the setting, action, and plot of the story, where the entire character of the detective becomes very similar to those found in real life, including his selfishness, cruelty and his working set of mind.
The monk reminds one about the character of the monk in work ‘Clueless.’ Those who are interested in going through Grisham can do so through the audio version of this book also. The writing style is not too complicated, the cases often verging on an extreme form of theatrical and dramatic effects, however.
The entire idea about the law and its tentacles, the clueless spirit of the average mass and the outcome of a death penalty or permanent imprisonment are enough instances which make us fall in love with this Grisham work once more.
Throughout the 500 pages of the novel (I do not remember a book in the last ten years of Grisham that passed the 400) we will attend a vibrant thriller, which is at the same time one of the fiercest allegations against the death penalty I read.
Grisham Themes analysis
Grisham already touched on the subject in “Chamber of Gas” (which took the movies with Gene Hackman and Chris O’Donnell as protagonists) and there already made a strong criticism with a guilty and hateful character. He also touched on the legal errors that condemn innocents in “The Williamson Project,” which was a novelization of a real case. Here he fuses the two themes with mastery.
Choose for it the most active state with the Death Penalty, Texas, which is where there are more executions a year, and the racial issue, since most of the condemned are black of low social class.
In the novel, we see how the Death Penalty has been instrumentalized by the political class and the prosecutors (who, after all, must also be elected by popular vote) to obtain votes.
Since it is a subject, there are much more people in favor than against, even though it is common that the system fails and that innocent person takes the punishment. Nor do the sensationalist media, which are dedicated to making the most of the likes of the victims’ families, remain yellowish.
In this case, although it is clear that the confession that condemns Donté is obtained under duress by the police and that the prosecutor also plays dirty to get the conviction, the process goes through most appellate courts, which confirm the verdict, and by a governor, utterly devoid of moral scruples.
Who only thinks about re-election, and who knows that a large part of his electorate does not approve of the pardons, no matter how many doubts there are about the accused.
On the other hand, there are also activists against the death penalty, such as Donté’s lawyer, Robbie Flak, who after making a fortune demanding companies now dedicates to defending defendants without resources, and all anti-death penalty organizations, who fight to the system is questioned and, at least, reviewed.
It is curious also the little value that has, within the judicial process, to innocence or guilt, because the one that a guilty wants to confess does not serve to exonerate another condemned, who has not stopped proclaiming his innocence. A cruel irony, in the case of the book.
Despite being somewhat anticlimactic in its last third, the novel manages to maintain interest until the end, in which the various plots find closure, and in the end, it turns out to have a few.
The author is not impartial, nor pretends to be, before the issue, despite which implicitly recognizes the complexity of the problem, which is much more entrenched than it seems in the majority of the population.
In short, it is a different thriller and a novel that is sure to think.