A second chance, in my opinion, is one of the best things that can be given. When given a second chance, you learn how to improve your life. After all, we can learn from our mistakes. In the media we hear of many people being given another chance, children being reunited with parents and people narrowly escaping death and becoming better people. In the novel Playing for Pizza, the author, John Grisham illustrates the idea that being given a second chance teaches you valuable life lessons. Rick Dockery, the protagonist, learns much about life lessons and their effect after having been given a second chance.
Life lessons are important. In this novel the author teaches the reader that you must cherish the happy moments, focus on happiness not monetary gain, and find security in a home that you can call your own. (01)In the novel Rick Dockery, the main character, learns that life is more enjoyable when you cherish the happy moments. Rick is a burnt out NFL player who is always on the run, he is rushing from flat to flat, never has a steady relationship and rarely takes the time to sit down for a nice family meal. In Parma, Rick is welcomed by a hefty serving of pasta, wine, cheese and friends:
For someone who still enjoyed Mc-Donald’s, the tastes were astounding. The flavors coated every taste bud in his mouth and made him chew as slowly-as possible. Sam was slicing more for himself, and Nino was pouring wine. (Grisham 56) Rick enjoys the company and food, when Rick asks Sam “Do you eat like this often? ” Sam replied “Not everyday, but this is not unusual… ” (Grisham 62). Through out the novel Rick learns to take it slow, relax, enjoy. And like with food life is better when savored. (02)True happiness means fulfillment not monetary gain.
In the beginning of the novel Rick seems to be unaware of that, he is too busy counting his debt, and profit. [If] “The Browns owe [me] $ 50,000 for the playoffs”… (Grisham 26) Rick says to himself. He is worrying about the wrong things, is should be asking himself ; Where next? , Should I call Mom? or Where is home? When his agent calls him to tell him about the Parma Panthers Rick is almost obsessed with his pay, not where Parma is. “They’ll pay [3,000 €] a month for five months, plus an apartment and a car. ” “What’s a euro? ” “That’s the currency in Europe… It’s worth about a third more [than the U.
S dollar]. ” “So how much, Arnie?… ” “About [$4,000] a month. ” [Rick Counted… ] “The [QB] makes [$20,000], What dose a lineman make? ” (Grisham 28) Rick is concerned about his pay and is willing to switch to lineman. He must realize that it is not about the pay but about being able to get away from his troubles. In the end of the novel Rick is sitting in a cafe in Venice and realizes that he is not concerned with his fiancees and he is happy with his love life. He realizes it is about winning the Super-bowl with a smile on his face not a wad of cash in his pocket. 03)True security lies in having a safe place to call your own. After having woken up in the hospital Rick must plan an escape from all the disappointed fans, he thinks about heading home, he has none. “Why don’t you go home and get some rest, and think about it? ” “Home? Where is Home? I’ve lived in so many different places. ” (Grisham 11) Rick is concerned with where to go now since he needs a home he is found without anything, only a lonely flat. He decides to go on a vacation to Florida and relax. In Italy, Rick realizes how much happier he is with his love life and how less lonely he is.
In my opinion, a second chance, is one of the best gifts that can be given. When given a second chance you learn how to improve, after all we learn from our mistakes. In the novel Playing for Pizza, the author, John Grisham illustrates the idea of being given a second chance teaches you valuable life lessons. Life lessons are important and in this novel the author teaches the reader that you must cherish the happy moments, focus on happiness not monetary gain, and find security in a home that you can call your own.