An Analysis of Stephen King's Novella 'Rita Hayworth' and the Film 'The Shawshank Redemption'

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Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption is about a man named Andy Dufresne who is arrested, tried, and convicted for the double homicide of his wife and her lover despite the fact that he is innocent. Throughout the story Andy is subjected to abuse after abuse. First he is wrongfully imprisoned. Then he is used by the prison guards and the warden for his financial and business acumen. He is sexually abused by Bogs Diamond and the "Sisters." Andy is put in solitary confinement for a period of months which is enough to break any man. Finally, despite the fact that there is proof of his innocence, he is kept in prison because of his usefulness and his knowledge. Despite everything that he goes through in the story, Andy endures and is able to break free from Shawshank Prison and lead a happy existence with his friend Red in Mexico. His character teaches Red through example how to be strong, to be brave, and how to be a trusting and devoted friend. Andy Dufresne has inner strength and not physical strength. He is able to overcome his adversaries through his intellect and applied knowledge; not through muscle. In situations where brute strength is needed, Andy is not successful, such as trying to ward off the "Sisters" and Bogs in their gang rapes. Each time he fights Bogs and the sisters to no avail; always being raped but never giving in willingly. When it becomes…
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