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Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

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Nat Niss

on 12 January 2014

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Transcript of Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
Symbols :
Rita Hayworth and the pin ups
Walls/Prison doors
The Ocean
Solitary confinement
The Crow
Rita Hayworth and
Shawshank Redemption

Symbols & Themes
Mrs. Cockburn's ENG4C class
Symbol : Rita Hayworth
& the pin up girls
Hayworth and the other pin up girls mentioned throughout the story symbolize the prisoner's desire to keep up with the outside world as well as the current fads. They all wish to be free and live in the world outside of their confinement. The world of which they could enjoy the pin up girls and girls of their own in a free-man's environment.
QUOTE: "The raw speed people move at. . ."(King 102)
Symbol: the Rocks
The mica rocks symbolize two things, a rock hard formation of friendship between red and Andy.
Also, Andy used to be an amateur geologist. Working with rocks as an inmate gives him a sense of normality because he worked with them as a free man.
Symbol :The Walls/Prison Doors
The walls symbolize being trapped and ousted from the real world. You can't get out no matter how hard the living conditions are, you are stuck with no hope!
When being hidden away from the rest of the world you are no longer safe or cared for. Instead you are locked behind the same walls as "the sisters" with no chance of escaping.
Symbol: The Ocean
The ocean is a place that Andy envisions himself spending the rest of his life though his verdict had imprisoned him for life.
This is a symbol of hopes and dreams existing in a place where impossibility will prevent them from coming true.
Symbol: Solitary Confinement
Solitary confinement symbolizes how being alone or locked up against your will can either break you apart and drive you into hopelessness. Or it can make you strong enough to find your way through the injustice that Andy was striving to defeat.
It also symbolizes being alone with no one to help you get through your misery.
Symbol: The crow
When Brooks let go of the crow it symbolized being set free from prison. The crow was free and so was he.
However one day Brooks goes back to the park to find the crow but did not. This symbolized the idea that hope cannot be found outside of prison, perhaps because of poor reputation of being jailed for the crime he has commited. It would be very hard to become accepted by society.
Question 1.
What is an example of in the novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption?
What are some of the different ways the men are FEEL isolated/locked up in the story other than the solitary confinement?
Think outside the box!
e.g. the world, work crews, predators
orking Towards Goals
Class Participation for prizes!
if no one volunteers I will choose an "unlucky contestant" from the "audience"
Once complete I will reveal the correct answers!
We know that being locked up is an evident theme of the story. Whether they are physically isolated or mentally.
List other goal in the story.
Think about Red
Throughout the story Andy worked to succeed his goal of going to Mexico after getting out of prison (escaping or gaining release).
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