A Time to Kill: Characteristic Values

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Chloe Pritchett
Ms. Tracie Henson
EH 102
November 30, 2011
Characteristic Values

In the book “A Time to Kill,” every character plays an important role. John Grisham is a well-known, creative author; he uses many literary elements throughout the book to create a vivid, clear image for the reader. Grisham also makes a valid point to show how important these characters are with much detail. He describes his characters to the point where they are viewed as more than just characters. He makes the reader see these characters as symbols. Each symbol shows some type of emotion. Whether the emotion is sadness, happiness, or love every character is symbolic. Tonya Hailey is a ten year old black girl who shows the symbolism of sorrow, sadness, and fear. The innocence of little Tonya was taken from her the day she was brutally raped and tortured by Billy Ray Cobb and James Louis Willard (Grisham p.1-5). There was no possible way that this young, beautiful, innocent girl would ever feel as safe as she did before she was raped and tortured. No one could possibly understand the horrible hardship that she encountered. Many tried to understand but no one could actually wrap their minds around such an atrocious crime. What happened to Tonya is something that one would have to go through to truly get a sense of discernment. Carl Lee Hailey is a hardworking father and husband. Carl Lee showed many positive yet negative emotions. He is depicted as a symbol of heroism, courageousness, rage, and a sense of revenge. Carl Lee had a mindset of taking the law into his own hands. He was going to get justice for his daughter one way or another. Many people can relate to these types of emotions. In many situations, problems are not handled in a reasonable manner. In some cases certain problems are taken out of context and are turned into something completely different. When something of this nature happens people automatically have in their minds that something has to be done. It is...
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