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Safe Haven

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Niki Hern

on 21 January 2014

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Transcript of Safe Haven

Safe Haven
Plot Summary
Finding her Identity
When Katie flees from her abusive relationship with her husband Kevin, she ends up in a small, coastal town called Southport. Katie stays in Southport because she feels isolated and safe here. Katie doesn’t want other people to know about her past and tries to keep it a mystery to others. Katie moves into a small cottage in the woods even further away from civilization, where she meets Jo, who she quickly connects with. When Katie gets to know Alex, the owner of the small convenience store, she is determined not to create personal ties with him but slowly falls in love with both him and his children. Even as Katie begins to become more comfortable with her new life and friends in Southport, her past still haunts and frightens her. While Katie begins to create a new life, her husband Kevin continues to search for her. Because of Kevin’s ties as a Boston Police officer he uses his resources to help broaden his search for Katie. When Katie’s past begins to catch up with her, Katie needs to make a decision whether to keep running, or to face her fears. When Katie chooses to fight her fears, she realizes love is the only safe haven.
Katie had struggled through the entire film to find her identity and didn't truly find it until the last scene. In order for Katie to find herself she moved away and tried to become isolated from the rest of the world, Katie was pretending to be someone who she was not. Katie only becomes closer to finding her identity when others discover her past which Katie had no choice but to face instead of continuing to hide from. When Katie reads the letter that Jo (Alex's wife who had passed away from cancer) had written 'for her' she finally realizes that Southport is where she belongs. Katie finally finds someone who she knows loves her and who she can trust. Thanks to the help of Jo, Katie finally found her true self.

The film Safe Haven, and the novel Frankenstein both share a similar theme, that theme being Secrecy.

"Every night I was oppressed by a slow fever, and I became nervous to a most painful degree; the fall of a leaf startled me, and I shunned my fellow-creatures as if I had been guilty of a crime" (47).

"I'm so sorry... just please... stay. Just tell me the truth, just tell me what happened. I don't care, I'm not going to let him hurt you anymore. Listen to me, I'm in love with you. If you stay I promise there's no safer place in the world than with me. You don't have to be scared... I love you... please stay".

Because Katie told Alex of her past it benefits her in the end unlike Victor. If Victor wouldn't have kept the monster a secret, he could have saved the lives of his family.

Katie: “I love you, Katie. You might not be ready to say those words now, and maybe you'll never be able to say them, but that doesn't change how I feel about you.”

Jason “I am aware that there is a world out there that functions without regard to me. There are wars and budgets and bombings and vast dimensions of wealth and greed and ambition and corruption. And yet I don't feel a part of that world, and I wouldn't know how to join if I tried.”

"For all I know, those sirens and sprinklers may still be on, as I've not returned to the building since that day"(63).


Alex: “I'm not sure anyone's life turns out exactly the way they imagine. All we can do is to try to make the best of it. Even when it seems impossible.”

Heather: "'The world is the world. All you can change is the way you deal with what's thrown your way"'(159).


Iris: ‘When he got home, he thought, he wouldn’t even ask for her. He would talk, instead, to Iris in the kitchen. He would flash his report card at her, and she’d be proud of him’(12).

Alex: "Why do you have to take pictures?"
"I don't know Josh, maybe cause I want to be able to remember this stuff".

Identity Problems

Katie: “Maybe I don't want to be defined by what I do. Maybe I'd like to be defined by what I am.”

Alice: “Alice was here, she thought” (18).
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