Literature Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

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    Who hasn't seen the timeless movie The Shawshank Redemption? But did you know that the movie is based on a Stephen King novella 'Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption'? The book is subtitled 'Hope springs eternal' and that sums up the soul of this book quite well.

    This novella, published in 1982, was part of a series with a more serious twist than the horror which King is famous for. The four novellas are tied together through their subtitles that relate to each of the four seasons. Three out of four novellas have been turned into Hollywood Movies, The Shawshank Redemption being the most successful one.

    The story line (spoiler alert): Andy Dufresne is sent to Shawshank prison for the murder of his wife and her lover. Like almost everyone at Shawshank, Andy claims to be innocent (which he actually is!). The novella is mostly about a man who is trying to survive in prison the best he can and about true friendship and hope that justice will be done.

    Andy comes in contact with Red, an inmate facing a life sentence. Red has the ability to deliver contraband into Shawshank and this makes him an important man within the prison's social structure. Red pickes up on how clever Andy is and the two soon become friends.
    One of the first items Andy wants from Red is a rock hammer, so he can sculpt rocks he finds in the yard. After a while Andy orders a large poster of Rita Hayworth. Andy tells Red that he likes to imagine he can step through the picture and be with Rita. But the rock hammer is not only for sculpting the rocks from the exercise yard, it is especially for creating a large hole behind the poster so Andy can escape.

    Before being sentenced to life Andy managed to sell off his assets and invest them under a false name. Andy's alias, Peter Stevens, has a drivers license, social security card, and other documents on his name. The documents about this identity are in a safe deposit box in a Portland bank and the key to the box is hidden under a black rock in a rock wall near a hayfield not too far from Shawshank. After eighteen years of imprisonment, Andy shares the information with Red, describing exactly how to find the place and how Peter Stevens will one day own a small hotel in Mexico. Red is somewhat confused on why Andy so desperately wants to share the information with him and says Andy is always full of surprises.

    One morning after being in prison for nearly twenty-seven years, Andy disappears. Andy has used his rock hammer to dig a man size hole through the wall, covering it up with posters. His rock hammer and uniform are later found outside the sewage pipe. Andy is nowhere to be found.

    A while later Red gets a postcard from a small town near the Mexican border, and knows it's from Andy. He made it. A short time after this, Red is granted parole after being incarcerated for forty years, but he struggles with life in the outside world. He tries to find the black rock Andy talked about and after several months, he finds a field with a rock wall and it even has the black rock in it.
    Under the rock there is a letter adressed to him from 'Peter Stevens' along with twenty fifty dollar bills. 'Peter' invites Red to join him at the town he had mentioned before. The story ends with Red following Andy to Mexico.

    Even though you are not a fan of Stephen Kings, mostly horror, stories, 'Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption' is an exciting and quick read as King is also a master storyteller.

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    Remember that hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
     
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    Beautiful piece!
     
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