Literary Analysis of the Movie "The Verdict" Essay

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Literary Analysis: The Verdict Mandi Dersch Galen College of Nursing Literary Analysis: The Verdict People delegate important personal aspects of their lives to professionals, but not without the risks of unethical behaviors. The word Professional makes one think of wealth and power, which can result in corruption; winning by any means necessary. In the movie The Verdict, Frank Galvin plays a lawyer who has reduced himself to being a drunken ambulance chaser (Brown, Harris, Zanuck, & Lumet, 1982). He is given an opportunity by his good friend, Mickey Morrisey, to morally redeem himself; not only as a lawyer, but most importantly a person. The Case A medical malpractice suit had been filed against St. Catherine’s Laboure…show more content…
I can’t do it; I can’t take it. Cause if I take the money I’m lost. I’ll just be a rich ambulance chaser. I can’t do it. I can’t take it. (Mamet, 1982, p.101) He was compelled to make their wrong right and did so by taking the case to trial. He viewed this as a way to turn his life and career around by doing what was right, but he discovers quickly that Ed Concannon was always one step ahead and through many corrosive acts almost derails Frank’s case. The Prince of Darkness Ed Concannon is a distinguished and deceitful lawyer defending the hospital and doctors Towler and Marks. There would be no one to stand in his way of another victory; he pays off witnesses and hired Laura Fischer, who sought out Frank romantically to get insight into his strategies. Laura fell hard for Frank and her deceitful actions became more than she could handle. She let Ed Concannon know and he said to her: I’m going to tell you something that I learned when I was your age. I had prepared a case and old man White asked me, ‘How did you do?’ I said, ‘I did my best.’ He said, ‘You’re not paid to do your best; you’re paid to win! (Mamet, 1982, p. 59) Ed Concannon viewed his client’s as fomites that he could manipulate for profit rather than do what is right. His approach to law was unethical both morally and professionally, but the most contentious view of Concannon’s ethical behavior was his callous views of justice. Laura Fischer Laura

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