The Firm Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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While an obvious context for discussing the novel is fiction about the law, a less obvious but equally interesting context is the treatment of success in American literature. In his life through law school, Mitch could be a classic example of the Protestant ethic.

How does the American Dream relate to the trait of acquisitiveness, and how does this character with a Ben Franklin-style work ethic become seduced by the firm, are questions that can open up discussion of The Firm into a debate on what Americans consider to be personal success. Readers could consider whether the initial tempting offerings of the firm seem worth the price of long hours and reduced private life (aside from the firm's illegal purpose).

1. How do you like Mitch? How would you define his personality? As he decides how to resolve his conflict, what matters the most to him? What is his...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
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