The Sweet Hereafter-Theme on Dolores Driscoll

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Most literature that deals with law, in fact, tends to focus on crimes rather than civil wrongs. One exception is a current work by Russell Banks entitled The Sweet Hereafter. The story involves a school bus crash that kills fourteen children and the legal aftermath of the tragedy.


The goal of the lawyers, once they have enlisted clients, is to target the affluent or deep-pocket defendants.
We hear the story through the comprehensive introspections of each of the fundamental characters; the bus driver, a number of parents, one of the wheelchair-bound children, and particularly the big-city lawyer hungering, he says, for righteousness. However the events, apart from the crash itself, don't in actual fact matter so much as the characters' elucidations of the events as well as the consequence of those events on those characters and on Sam Dent. The bus driver, a vigorous, fine woman, Dolores Driscoll, takes us along her way and informs us regarding the children until the instant the big, yellow International leaves her control. Banks takes the account complete circle when Dolores Driscoll arrives at a tentative and heartrending understanding with her Sam Dent neighbors.
Dolores Driscoll is accountable for the loss of 14 innocent children. As it was a usual day for Dolores apart from the fact that she was driving the children to school and then she ensues to see something in the road. Dolores is not unerringly sure of what it is but she articulates "It was like a ghost of a dog I saw, a reddish-brown blur, much smaller than a deer." When she perceives this animal like figure Dolores turns sharply to a side of the road. ...
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