Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

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Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

When comparing the novel and the film of Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Steven King there are many similarities. The film follows the novel plot very closely in many aspects of the book. The similarities found in the film and novel is character portrayals, key scenes and overall messages. The film accurately captures the essence of the novel.

In both the film and the novel, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, the characters are portrayed in a very similar manner. The first character that was well represented was Andy Dufresne. “I could see why some of the boys took him for snobby. He had a quiet way about him, a walk and a talk that just wasn’t normal around here. He strolled like a man in a park without a care or a worry in the world. Like he had an invisible coat that would shield him from this place.” In both the film and the novel, this was how Andy’s fellow prison mates perceived him as. In addition, Hadley was portrayed as a very harsh and strict man. “Your only problem is going to be how many bones you still got unbroken. You can count them in infirmary… We’re throwing this sucker over the side.”(King, 45) In the film he was also portrayed as the same character with the same characteristics. “You eat when we say you eat. You shit when we say you shit. And you piss when we say you piss!” Likewise, Sam Norton was a “biblical man” who was also cold and stern. “No one had ever seen him crack a smile. He had a thirty year pin from the Baptist Advent Church of Eliot… made sure that each incoming prisoner had a New Testament.” (King, 56) In the film, his characteristics were exactly the same as the book. “I believe in two things: Discipline and the Bible.” All in all, the characters in the novel and film were portrayed in the same way. Secondly, the main messages in both the film and novel were captured in the same way. The first theme that is apparent in the film and novel is imprisonment and...
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