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Andrew Tinney 5g2 Specialist study Title: "Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption" Author: Steven King Line of argument: Introduction I first became aware of 'The Shawshank Redemption' as a film which I saw in the cinema a few years ago and liked it so much I bought the video and have watched it many times. When I saw the film I was unaware that it had been taken from a novella written by the renowned author Stephen King. I was surprised that it had been written by Stephen King as I had always thought he had only written horror novels such as Pet Cemetery, Shining, Carrie, I have carried out some research into this author and he has written some astonishing novels and like 'Shawshank' not all of them are horror. His book 'Misery' which was also made into a film is a tense thriller (with a bit of 'blood and guts' in it). 'Shawshank' is one of King's few mainstream efforts, it contains no supernatural occurrences and graphic murders. It's a deceptively simple tale of friendship, injustice and the indomitable human spirit, and King plays with our fears of living out our lives within four high walls like a master puppeteer, leaving us no choice but to become entwined in the fate of his protagonists. ...read more.


Shawshank Prison is a hard and brutal environment. The inmates are hard, the prison wardens are hard and the governor of the prison is even harder. Into this environment quiet, na�ve, and reserved Andy has two life sentences to live out if he survives. However, Andy is a man with hidden reserves! The Story Inside Shawshank Prison, which hearsay calls the most brutal in New England, the inmate's place bets. Spotting the lanky and out of place figure of Andy, Ellis "Red" Redding reckons that he'll be the first to crack. With little fanfare the reasoning behind this prediction becomes clear; the sadistic and swaggering figures of Warden Norton and head guard Capt. Hadley. Driven by the need to prove that they run the tightest, toughest jail within hundreds of miles, arbitrary abuse is frequent. Andy seems to cotton onto this fact pretty quickly, which is why he's not the one who breaks down in a paroxysm of regret; that honour is reserved for Fat Ass). Regrettably he doesn't live to learn from his mistake; Shawshank is hard like that. Based upon a short story by Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption is unlike any other adaptation of his work. Mercifully free of cheap horror and overwrought dialogue, In its heart The Shawshank Redemption is driven by the strength of its performances. ...read more.


The result is a character who personifies our fear of being consigned to a ten-foot cell, alone with our fears and memories of happier times, left with nothing, as Red puts it, but "all the time in the world to think about it". It is this identification which lies at the core of the film's success, and it is Robbins' moving, measured performance that makes it work. About the Film Director In the late '80s Darabont again approached King, this time asking permission to adapt King's novella, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank redemption. His screenplay The Shawshank redemption (which he also directed) would Win him the USC Scriptor Award (shared with Stephen King) and the Humanitas Prize-in addition to being nominated for an Academy Award, a Writers Guild Award, and a Golden Globe.), battling with Coppola's The Godfather for top honours on their list of best films. Author King uses horror, science fiction, and suspense to explore human relationships, how he expands traditional approaches to genre by combining elements of the various genres in his fiction, Conclusion - The Shawshank Redemption written by Stephen King, is a book that will keep you on your toes until, you finish. The idea of a man being sent to prison for committing murder is a horrible thing. What he goes through while in prison is an experience that no one should go through. ...read more.

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