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First Quote


In the first quote the author is using personification - treating the building as a human

"He pampered the building, indulged it, coddled it, each year adding another layer of luxury to his landmark." (p.17)

The author here is using the building to describe what the main character is feeling in his career as a lawyer. The main character is becoming more disillusioned and wants to protect himself from the crooks and the mafia. The layers of luxury and security that he adds to the building every year were all in preparation for what he would need once he exposed "The Firm"

Second quote

"When you were in law school you had some noble idea of what a lawyer should be. A champion of individual rights; a defender of the constitution; a guardian of the oppressed; an advocate for your clients principles. Then after you practice for six months you realize we're nothing but hired guns. Mouthpieces for sale to the highest bidder, available to any body, any crook, any sleazebag with enough money to pay our outrageous fees. Nothing shocks you. It's supposed to be an honorable profession, but you'll meet so many crooked lawyers you'll want to quit and find an honest job."

This quote displays a cynical tone. Throughout the novel Mitchell McDeere, the main character becomes increasingly frustrated with the dis-honest situations he has to face every day, causing him to become increasingly cynical himself. He detests "The Firm' for what it represents and wants to change his situation in order to live a more honest life. 

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The novel begins by introducing us to a dynamic law student. As an ambitious student Mitch graduates from Harvard with honors. Mitch is offered many jobs at the completion of his degree. He chooses the Bendini Firm. The Firm is the Bermuda Triangle law firms. Many new associates began their careers with The Firm, however their path was short lived. Mitch realizes this soon after he begins working for The Firm.  As a result, the FBI meets with him an tells him the truth about The Firm. Mitch initially struggles to work with the FBI, but comes to realize it may be his only way out. Mitch makes copies of the files for Terrance, the chief FBI agent. Terrance charges everyone at The Firm except Mitch. Mitch then runs off the Caribbean with Abby, Ray, and $10 million dollars. Interestingly, Mitch steals the money from The Firm's Grand Cayman bank account; once working to capture the criminals, Mitch ends up learning from them. 

Mitch is offered many jobs at the completion of his degree. (hyperbole)
The Firm is the Bermuda Triangle law firms. (metaphor)
Many new associates began their careers with The Firm, however their path was short lived. (allusion)
Interestingly, Mitch steals the money from The Firm's Grand Cayman bank account; once working to capture the criminals, Mitch ends up learning from them. (paradox)
 

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