Department - Author 1

Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Program

Degree Name - Author 1

BA in Communication Studies



Primary Advisor

Christopher Skiles


This project assesses the verisimilitude and plausibility of John Grisham's novel, The Appeal. While labeled as a fiction work, I argue that his book should resonate with readers and be taken seriously as it mirrors American culture. It speaks back to America's government, judicial and legal systems. I invoke statistics and a prominent law case that show why Grisham's book is not completely fictitious in any regard. The novel is highly applicable to society today, as corporate scandals and corruption seem to always surface. I also discuss how the book is relatable to the real world by discussing some of the characters' real world counterparts, such as corporate, devious figures that play a part in corruption today.