Lit. crit. jaws

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JAWS In the novel Jaws written by Peter Benchley, Critics are correct when they claim that the novel has a lack of characterization, the book is used as an escape, Benchley is a master of suspense writing, the novel displays the facts of Great White's and critics claim that the novel also displays formuliac plotting, and is an allusion to classic fish tales such as; Herman Melville's Moby Dick, and Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. Critics need to loosen up on irritating Benchley with obvious, but not intentional comparison to fish tales and sub plotting.

Peter Benchley was born 1940 may 8 in New York. He is the son of a very literary oriented family. His father Nathaniel Goddard was also an author. Benchley was educated at Harvard University. Some of Benchley's interests are Diving,tennis, wildlife, the theater, and films. In addition to all this Benchley has a love for the ocean.

Benchley has been a novelist, a reporter, an editor, staff assistance to the president, and has worked in the White House doing other various things. There is a particular interesting moment in Benchley's life. When he was working in the White House, the president picked up some of his work to read it and said something along the lines of "Bull shit". The president basically called it trash. The majority of his novels are closely related to the ocean if not in the ocean. An example of some of these are The Beast or White Shark. Both of those of which were made into screen plays. He also wrote a childrens book called Jonathan Visits the White House. One of Benchley's greatest successes is that his novel Jaws was on the New York Times best-seller list for over forty weeks. This made him the most successful...