John Grisham 's The Pelican Brief

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Essay Paper In John Grisham’s The Pelican Brief, two supreme court justices are assassinated, which the reader can compare to other assassinations in history. With former president John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the reader can connect the political aspects of the book to a real life situation, and with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, the reader can see how sometimes your very own opinions can get you killed (Grisham). The reader can also compare John Grisham himself to both Kennedy and King because both Kennedy and Grisham were politicians and both King and Grisham were activists (“John Grisham”). Through these connections, the reader can better understand the book and Grisham himself. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, after almost three years as president (Wilentz, Sean). He was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in a car through downtown Dallas, Texas (Wilentz, Sean). His death came as a great shock to America, similar to when Callahan heard of the justices’ death (Grisham). The entire world mourned Kennedy’s death, and the funeral proceedings were all very public (Wilentz, Sean). On the Sunday after his assassination, the casket was laid in the Capitol Rotunda, “Throughout the day and night, hundreds of thousands of people filed past the guarded casket” (Wilentz, Sean). Within days of Kennedy’s assassination, Oswald was also shot, by Jack Ruby (Domina, Thurston). After the death of President Kennedy, vice

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