What is the most dominant element (theme,chracter,setting,mood, ect.) in the novel "The Client" by John Grisham?

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The most dominant element, in Grisham’s The Client,in my honest opinion,has to be Character. Grisham is an expert in creating the most realistic and believable characters in his novels. For example, in The Client he must present Mark's reluctance to testify as believable. Readers may object that telling the truth would probably solve Mark's problems.Grisham tries to refute this easy answer to the dilemma in three ways. First, the narration goes inside Mark's head to convey his suspicion of authorities, confusion over legal procedures, and fear over what happened with Clifford. Second, the authorities come off almost as malevolent as the mob because they are so focused only on getting the conviction; they are object lessons in how driven, ambitious lawyers can lose touch with humanity. All the officials who contact Mark make the same mistake of demanding that a tough kid cooperate, or else. They are oblivious to their impact on him and blind to other approaches: Grisham gives a sobering comment on how adult figures often treat children. Third, Reggie and Harry Roosevelt both grasp the enormity of the threat against Mark from the mob and both understand his thinking. This may only be one character, but this is a prime example of how Grisham creates thoroughly believable and realistic characters in his work. Don’t get me wrong, he does a fantastic job with all of the other elements as well, but none of that could work without the strength of the characters he creates.

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