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Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption

How can one face everyday challenges? Hope gives people the courage to face challenges. As seen in Stephen King’s Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, it displays hope as a powerful emotion in which individuals can use to carry themselves through challenges. In the novella, hope is shown through the character Ellis “Red” Redding, a man who on the inside was “a man who could get you things”, but on the outside was something much different. It is shown to us through the life of Andy Dufresne, an innocent man accused of murder with a large amount of hope. Even though life throws challenges, it is important for one to have hope for the future, in order to completely enjoy a satisfying life. The Rita Hayworth poster is an example of courage to face challenges. When Andy receives the poster, he then has courage to try and escape. “You look at those pretty women and you feel like you could almost ... not quite but almost step right through and be beside them. Be free.”(55-56) Showing that if it wasn’t for the weak concrete, he wouldn’t have hope that gives people the courage to face challenges such as; try and escape the prison. A personal experience would be when my sister gets grounded and my mom sends her to my room for an hour and she’s not allowed to use any electronics. She hates being in her room for an hour without electronics. She would usually try to leave but it’s difficult. Therefore, Andy Dufresne and my sister are similar in a way. They both need courage to face challenges; such as ‘escaping’ her room when grounded and escaping prison without the guards or my mom noticing. Secondly, hope can either drive a person forward to face challenges or destroy a person. Red, a man who can get you things, is an excellent example. When Andy first got to the prison, Red expressed a little bit of hope to leave. As shown after his parole interview in which they determine if a prisoner has been rehabilitated and can...
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