Professor J. Kenny
CIN 100 SEC#9044
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (Stephen King)
After I read the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King and see the movie The Shawshank Redemption, based on the book, I have to denote some differences and similarities. In general the movie is very loyal to the book but I believe that the most important aspects are as follow. For example, they are similar in the time line. In the movie we can observe with clarity the 40’s environment, old fashion car, the shoes of Andy and his custom is related at that time. Even though in the movie no date appears in the beginning we can infer the time, later Red speaks the date in what Andy arrives to the prison. In the novella the date is stated in the beginning “When Andy came to Shawshank in 1948, he was thirty years old…._” (King 5). _ Another similarity is the dialogue in the trial. Both are very similar, for example, in the book we can read “But this revenge had been of a much colder type. Consider! the DA said at the jury. Four and four! Not six shots, but eight! He had fired the gun empty…and then stopped to reload so he could shoot each of them again! Four for him and four for her…_” (King 7). _In the movie the lawyer uses the same words of the novella when describes that Andy reload the revolver for killing his wife and his lover. Of course the dialogue is fixed from the novella to the movie highlighting the most important aspects in the trial. Another match is when Andy meets Red in the prison yard. Both, the movie and the novella, displays the dialogue between Andy and Red, it uses almost the same words _“I _understand that you’re a man who knows how to get things.” “I agree with that I was able to locate certain items from time to time.” (King 16). Of course we can appreciate the artistic way to put in the movie the essence of the novella. Even though in the movie the dialogue is simpler in the book is full...
Cited: King, Stephen. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. U.S.A.: Viking Press, 1982.
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