Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption text to film analysis

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Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption Text to Film Analysis

The story between Andy, Tommy, and Norton is portrayed differently in the movie than in the novella. In the novella, Tommy speaks to Andy about his previous cellmate, and how his story may aid Andy in getting a second trial. Andy is extremely enlightened with this information, and he decides to tell Norton in the hopes that he would be able to help him in getting this second trial. However, Norton refuses. He goes off on a rant about how there is no point in Andy having so much hope in leaving the prison, and how unlikely it was that Tommy's old cellmate would willingly admit to the murder Andy was convicted of. After their altercation, Norton sends Andy to solitary for a month or two.

The movie complies with the details of this scene in the novella until the part where Norton is dealing with Tommy while Andy is in solitary.

In the novella, Tommy is simply transferred to another facility. In the movie, Norton meets with Tommy outside and confronts him about the situation. When Tommy says he would willingly testify for Andy, Norton gestures for Hadley to shoot and kill Tommy. However, in both the novella and the movie, Norton's reasoning behind wanting to keep Tommy quiet is the same: he does not want Andy to leave because he is afraid he will expose the fact that he is laundering money. The movie portrays Norton as more of an evil and stubborn character due to the fact that he wanted to kill Tommy rather than just send him away.

Furthermore, the scene of Andy's escape was portrayed differently in the movie than it was in the novella. In the novella, a false identity is already prepared...