One example of Bleachers’ believability is the setting, and when using New Critical analysis, we see that the setting of Bleachers is believable. Bleachers takes place in a small town known as Messina, which is assumed to be a football crazed town somewhere in the South. Grisham sets the story to take place in present day time but incorporates flashbacks from the sixties, seventies, and eighties. Grisham uses many details throughout the entire book to allow us to see just how football crazed the town of Messina is. One of the first details Grisham allows us to ...
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... who may not believe that a character such as Rake would exist, others may think that every town should have a dedicated coach like the one that Grisham has created. Regardless of what others may think, Bleachers is a believable book when considering the details that Grisham has provided us throughout the book about the setting and characters. As Arnold Mandell once stated:
[f]ootball is not a game but a religion, a metaphysical island of fundamental truth in a highly verbalized, disguised society, a throwback of 30,000 generations of anthropological time. (“Football Quotes, Great,” par. 12)
"Football Quotes, Great Football Quotes, Football Sayings Quotations." Famous Quotes, Great Quotes. Web. 29 Apr. 2011.
Grisham, John. Bleachers. New York: Bantam Dell, 2004. Print.
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