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Hello! In 'Shawshank Redemption,' Andy Dufresne has been accused of murdering his wife and her lover. Even though he calmly and quietly insists he is innocent - under unrelenting cross-examination...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2015 5:33 pm UTC

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"Quitters, Inc." is a short story by Stephen King which was published as a part of his book, Night Shift. It concerns a man named Dick Morrison who wants to quit smoking. He bumps into an old...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2015 1:57 am UTC

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The deer is an interesting image. Prior to the deer's entrance, the conception of identity we are presented is a shared notion. In other words, everything is about the boys. Their travels, the...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2009 9:15 pm UTC

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For Red, being an "institutional" man is being able to live a life that is predicated upon routine and predictability. We see in the work that King makes the suggestion that finding a way to life...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2009 8:58 pm UTC

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Stephen King's "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" (the original title of the novella) is about perseverance, survival and, ultimately, hope. The main character, Andy Dufresne is the...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2009 2:47 pm UTC

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It seems a bit ironic that Andy becomes a more compassionate and more feeling human being once he is inside prison. His wife, before her death, would complain to him that he was a "closed book."...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2010 9:09 am UTC

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In Stephen King's novella "The Body" (which was fantastically adapted for the 1986 film Stand By Me), a group of young boys sets out on a quest to find the corpse of a missing young boy named Ray...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2018 4:50 pm UTC

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One particular thematic statement that is brought out in King's work is that the individual pursuit of hope is one that knows no limitation. Andy's imprisonment does not deter him from believing...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2010 5:00 am UTC

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994) has become one of America's most acclaimed films despite its weak showing upon release. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, it was overshadowed by the year's two...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2011 4:52 am UTC

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One theme of King's short story "Children of the Corn" is that spirituality can turn into something ugly that is the opposite of the love, peace, and kindness we associate with most religious...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2020 10:15 pm UTC

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Andy is a strong and stoic character in both the film and novella of Stephen King's Shawshank Redemption. Even after he is sent to prison for the murder of his wife and her lover, Andy continues to...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017 8:33 pm UTC

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Stephen King’s The Body is often referred to as a bildungsroman, a literary genre pertaining to an adolescent’s coming of age—literally translated from German to mean an “education novel.” The...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 6:24 pm UTC

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Andy never sacrifices his belief in hope and redemption even while being immersed in the most difficult of situations. There are many moments when Andy certainly could feel that giving up hope...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2010 9:15 am UTC

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In the film script: Andy wrestles the phonograph player onto the guards' desk, sweeping things onto the floor in his haste. He plugs the machine in. A red light warms up. The platter starts...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2009 12:09 am UTC

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Stephen King's "Survivor Type" contains a couple different literary devices and narrative elements. Literary Devices Rhetorical Question: A rhetorical question is asked in order to make the person...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2018 7:18 pm UTC

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Warden Samuel Norton is presented as having few appealing characteristics. Nevertheless, Stephen King gives him enough complexity to spark the reader’s interest and make him a worthwhile foil for...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2018 8:32 pm UTC

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The climax, the pinnacle of action in the plot of King's novella, would have to be when the boys find the body. It is the climax for several reasons. The entire purpose of the quest was to find...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2010 9:04 am UTC

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The Shawshank Redeption is based on a Stephen King novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The main character, Andy Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins in the movie), claims to be falsely...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018 6:43 pm UTC

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The sentence about "taking" life refers to prison life, the life of an institutionalized person who is trapped within walls. The idea of "taking life" derives from the idea that hope is taken away...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2009 8:59 pm UTC

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This might be a challenge to answer because in my previous post, I argued that the boys' friendship suffers as their innocence disappears upon finding the dead body. I think that the first point I...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2009 8:37 am UTC

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Stephen King is the king of horror writers, by some accounts. His works have become synonymous with all things that are creepy. Although known for his horror works, he also is the author of really...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2014 1:51 am UTC

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Part of what King feels is the curse of institutional life is that it chains us to routine. For example, Andy endures the first couple of years of prison life because of his routine, and living...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2009 8:51 pm UTC

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Andy fights for his own justice by exposing Warden Samuel Norton and Capt. Byron Hadley as the real criminals in Shawshank Prison. Through books, Andy reveals that they embezzle and launder money...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2010 1:14 am UTC

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Stephen King’s short story “The Boogeyman” tells the story of a father unburdening himself to a psychologist about the deaths of his three children. Over the course of the story, the reader is left...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2015 3:51 pm UTC

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Minor characters occupy a great deal of importance in the King work. One such way is that they help to evoke much of the thematic relevancy of the work. For example, Brooks becomes the example of...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2009 9:21 am UTC

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The archetype of the heroic quest or journey is a significant part of the novella. On one hand, the quest changes the hero. In this, the boys are changed by their journey to find the body of Ray...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2011 9:34 am UTC

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A misogynist is a sexist—someone who hates women and is prejudiced against them. Misogyny is synonymous with sexism, and it involves the belittling or disparaging of women in various ways. Chico...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2019 5:15 pm UTC

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Gordie is quite likely modeled after the young Stephen King. In his book Danse Macabre, which is a nonfiction book about horror literature and writing horror, King describes a frequent phenomenon:...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2018 10:20 pm UTC

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Zihuatenejo represents a world without bars, without borders, and without confinements. When Andy starts to talk about this place, he speaks of a world where freedom exists and limitations and...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2009 9:13 pm UTC

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Existentialists can be hopeful and not; they can be Christians or criminals. They can be ministers and murderers. Walter Kaufmann claims existentialism is by nature a "revolt" against traditional...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2009 9:19 pm UTC

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Hope is an overriding theme of The Shawshank Redemption. The story centers around Andy Dufresne, a banker who despite his protestations of innocence is convicted for the murder of his wife and...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2018 6:58 pm UTC

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The previous post was very lucid and thorough in its explanation. The idea of anti- essentialist is critical. I would like to amplify my original answer to this question. I think that Andy is an...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2009 4:55 am UTC

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Andy demonstrates a high level of intelligence throughout the work. I think that one way he shows his level of insight is through his understanding of finances. This helps in doing the taxes for...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2009 8:51 am UTC

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I would agree that fighting for justice didn't turn out well for most people in the movie. When Andy's student realizes that he had uncovered the mystery behind Andy's incarceration, he offer asks...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2012 10:11 pm UTC

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Gothic stories and novels tend to focus on the environment and how characters' actions interact with that environment. There is usually an isolated protagonist and the antagonist can have...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2018 2:06 pm UTC

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"The Body," the novella on which the film Stand By Me was based, is the story of four boys who hear of a body in the woods and take a trip to find it. Although they encounter others during the...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019 11:22 pm UTC

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This is a good question. It is probably best to start off with an understanding of postmodernism, so that we are on the same page. Postmodernism can be described as an intellectual movement that...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2012 6:11 pm UTC

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Andy's mind is his key resource while in prison. Andy Dufresne's mind is an important resource throughout his incarceration. From a practical point of view, Andy's mind helps him survive and...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2016 1:21 pm UTC

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Red talks at length about the idea of "institutionalization," the fact that a man gets used to being inside a prison or whatever other institution it might be. If you suddenly take the man out of...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2010 5:36 am UTC

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Writers, Stephen King written word addicts, teachers, fellow word smiths: Have you ever had a day that’s overtly resonant? In class today I was perusing some of the books my students are using for...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2008 11:52 am UTC

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Gordie does hold a great deal of control over the boys in the gang. I will give you the broad elements and tell you where you can find evidence to support this. The largest reason Gordon holds a...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2009 8:32 pm UTC

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In Stephen King's world of Romance there are two types of main characters, the alazons (impostors) and the eirons (the self-deprecators). Throughout most of the story, the alazon wields the upper...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2010 9:55 pm UTC

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I love old school Stephen King. The Stand, Firestarter, Needful Things, The Dead Zone, Cujo, and etc. The Stand is my all time favorite. The detail and intricate way he interweaves all of the...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2010 4:13 am UTC

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I believe that Red feels the establishment allows him to do the things he does because it is a way of placating the prisoners and diverts them from the critical issues that cause trouble for the...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2009 9:20 pm UTC

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I think that there are a couple of Postmodern elements in the King short story. The first would be that the entire purpose or quest to find "the body" of Ray Bower does not yield much in way of...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2012 10:32 am UTC

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The original question had to be edited. I would suggest that Andy's characterization shows solitary to be hardly a hardship because of his makeup. By definition, Andy is alone, aloof, and...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2013 10:25 pm UTC

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I'm sorry, friend, but I don't think the two have any connection whatsoever. From interviews I have read by King, he seems to greatly prefer rock and roll. If I remember right, he even said that...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2009 8:14 pm UTC

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Through Andy, we see that it is essential to learn that one's emotional/ mental state does not have to take the form of the physical world in which one is placed. Andy's acceptance of the horrors...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2009 9:07 pm UTC

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The statement made about hope is demonstrated in the fact that Red boards to bus, en route to Zihuatenejo. From a perspective of being an "institutional man," chained to routine and unable to see...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2009 8:23 pm UTC

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No, I do not think Andy was inspired by this inmates. For the most part, the inmates were people who were institutionalized. Also they all lacked hope. In fact, one of the conversations that Red...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2009 2:51 pm UTC

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