How to Realize Our Goals on the Example of the Character Andy Dufresne from the Novel “Rita Hayworth” by Stephen King
In the current world, I have often heard that Greatness Requires Internal Toughness (GRIT). GRIT is not something one comes by, and strength in the face of hardships can leave one impaired to exercise toughness. Difficulties and emotional turbulence notwithstanding, the inner character is developed by resilience and passion for continuing holding on even in the face of defeat. This is often fueled by the power of hope to endure difficulties. Some of the challenges may come in different shades and forms; it may be betrayal from a lover, a sudden twist in fortune or anything. When this happens typically, people can grow myopic and lose hope. However, inner resolve and calmness can be of great help in overcoming whichever challenges may come in the journey of life.
This essay explores the characters in Andy Dufresne that make him triumph in the face of difficulty, as depicted in the novel by Stephen King, Rita Hayworth, and Shawshank Redemption, and all people in the world can apply that.Andy has unmatched resilience in the face of difficulty. Despite being implicated in the killing of his wife, Andy maintains his calmness even in the courtroom and carries on his sentence with hope. His resilience is captured in the thoughts of Red, “Never mind the wreck of your whole life, never mind that you got railroaded into this place by a whole trainload of bad luck. Let’s forget all that and look at this piece of concrete (King 147). It is this unwavering determination that makes him see past his unfortunate circumstances and find what he craves for – freedom. Thus, resilience is an essential component for one to overcome any difficulties they may face and achieve their goals.
Andy has a high sense of self-worth. In prison, Red describes Andy as a man who maintained his sense of self-worth through his dignified appearance. Red describes Andy as follows“ He wore gold-rimmed spectacles. His fingernails were always clipped, and they were always clean. That’s a funny thing to remember about a man, I suppose, but it seems to sum Andy up for me. He always looked as if he should have been wearing a tie.” (King 8) This dignified appearance is maintained even when he is in prison. He does not let the low prison life to beat his sense of self-worth from him; it is for this reason that he gains respect from his fellow inmates and wardens. Thus, a great understanding of who one is, regardless of the change of circumstances can help individuals to realize what they want in life.Andy is a schemer. When Andy lands into prison, knowing that his chances at freedom are sealed, he devises a way that would eventually lead him to freedom. “He was the type of man who, if he had decided to commit suicide, would do it without leaving a note but not until his affairs had been put neatly in order” (King 14). It is for this reason that he borrowed a jackhammer and a poster with which he worked on for years in his prison cell without getting noticed.
To achieve one’s goals one must do careful planning of the future to realize those goals.In my life, I have applied resilience on different occasions. In my studies, I have had to work at times hard on some subjects which I am not highly gifted in. The result of continuous hard work even in the face of failure has seen me improve in those subjects. It has enabled me to continue with my studies up to this level. I will continuously work hard to achieve the best of my dreams despite setbacks as resilience keeps me closer to achieving my goals.Besides, a great sense of self-worth has made me maintain high self-esteem even in the face of failure. The knowledge of who I am has helped me to keep off from destructive behavior such as drug abuse, and from engaging in illicit sexual behavior even when my friends take it as an ordinary thing. The more I have grown to value my opinions, and the more my peers have come to respect me. Also, my parents trust me whenever I ask to go out with my friends because they believe I know who I am. Therefore, self-worth not only helps one to achieve their goals but also to have healthy relationships.Further, I have come to learn the power of setting realistic dreams. This has been partly being a schemer as I can manage my time well and meet my expectations. For instance, I have placed a schedule of what I read every day, the time I spend with friends. This has helped me to avoid wasting my time in unfruitful activities. I have also come to know who to interact with, and whose company to avoid. Collectively, these traits have helped me to live a more productive life.
In conclusion, the characters demonstrated by Andy can help every person to realize their goals. Resilience in the face of hardships and disappointment helps one to endure the setbacks that come in life. On the other hand, a high sense of self-worth makes one earn respect as they know what they want in life. Lastly, being a schemer helps one to be strategic and device creative ways of overcoming obstacles as demonstrated in the life of Andy.
Book Review of the Outsider by Stephen King: a Horror Murder Mystery
The recently published novel, in May 2018, by Stephen King, The Outsider does not disappoint. The book includes all the qualities that should be in a horror novel. Ralph Anderson is about to arrest Terry Maitland and put him on death row for the murder and violation of an 11-year-old boy, Frank Peterson. In The Outsider, King uses very horrendous words to describe Frank Peterson’s murdered body. One of Stephen King’s unique writing traits is using brutally descriptive words in situations where other authors would sugarcoat it. Stephen King is one of the most famous and successful horror writers of all time. King has written several successful novels such as his first novel that was a huge success, Carrie. He usually writes horror or psychological novels.
Flint City is a relatively peaceful city. Terry Maitland is a beloved sports coach and high school teacher. All the evidence point toward Terry as a murderer, eyewitnesses, DNA evidence, and more. Ralph orders a very public arrest, at a local baseball game in front of Terry’s family and the entire crowd. However, Terry has a very strong alibi, he was at a conference with several teachers hundreds of miles away and there is video evidence to prove it. There is also fingerprint evidence on a book where Terry claimed to be. How can a man be in two places at once?
Ralph Anderson and several other cops escort Terry to court after a few days. Since Terry is believed to have convicted the crime by the entire Flint City, the crowd is not very pleasant. A lot of people are yelling for Terry to be executed, his entire reputation has been tarnished by the public arrest. One person that Ralph and the other officers notice is a burnt man with a bright yellow bandana, he seems to be causing a lot of the riot. After only being outside for a few minutes, the brother of the murdered, Ollie Peterson, pulls up with a gun, and as the crowd parts, he has a clear shot at Terry Maitland and connects. The officers react, and both Terry and Ollie die at the scene. The situation could be referencing the recent problems in the police system in the United States.
While on leave, Ralph Anderson looks at one of the news clips from the event. He notices that the man with the yellow bandana didn’t show up on video. He asks several other people, and they all confirmed that they saw him at the scene. “People are blind to explanations that lie outside their perception of reality. ” Ralph starts to contemplate all his beliefs, there might be some creatures in the world that are supernatural.
Alec Pelley, the private investigator for Terry Maitland’s case, knows just who to call for the job. He quickly picks up the phone and calls Bill Hodges, only to receive news from Holly Gibney that he died a few years ago. This is the same Holly Gibney from the Bill Hodges Trilogy: 2014’s Mr. Mercedes, 2015’s Finders Keepers, and 2016’s End of Watch. These are other books that King has written, and there are a lot of similarities with The Outsider. All of these books are captivating mystery stories. Holly Gibney is the one who resolves that the two Terry Maitland’s means that the murderer is not human. She is asked to investigate a lead in Dayton, Ohio, and realizes there is a pattern between another murder of two girls in Dayton and the murder in Flint City. Both supposed murderers have strong alibis but both have died. Gibney references a Mexican creature involved in a lot of storytellers tales. Holly groups up with the others in Flint City, and together, they work to find out what The Outsider really is. The Outsider would probably be more suited toward young adults, as young children should not be reading the horrendous words. Others with different phobias such as worms might not enjoy reading the book either.
As usual, Stephen King doesn’t disappoint. The ghastly description in this book can send chills up your neck but is much needed in a terrific horror story. The book is very captivating and will keep readers in suspense. Overall, The Outsider is a great book for young adults looking for a good read.
Analysis of “The Man Who Loved Flowers” by Stephen King
Literary short stories are known to be difficult because the author needs to create a powerful story in order to get his main point across to his audience. It is not like a novel where they get to go in depth about the setting, the characters, the plotline and anything that can help them summerge the readers, in this case short stories need to set the reader in a world without being completely descriptive. It is up to the reader to imagine the places and location in the story. Stephen King utilizes literary devices to expand on his stories in order for him to completely focus on the suspense and horror.
In “The Man Who Loved Flowers”, King gives us a very specific time setting; in this case being 1963. For the story and also decides to set his short story in the springtime, knowing that in most stories and films there is a connection with spring and summer love. Because Stephen King wants his audience to feel warmth and happiness for most of the story he sets the story in a bright sunny day and as the time changes the darkness takes over the story. King leaves little to the imagination when he sets the time, he talks about New York in the spring, about the colors surrounding the main character and how everyone else assumes that this character is in love because he seems truly happy. Marc Laidlaw wrote a literary criticism on Stephen King in which he praised Kings writing and his use of literary devices, these help strengthen the story and make the readers immerse themselves in the story as if it was happening in real life. Laidlaw stated that “King’s creation of atmosphere is masterful-the first irrational hint I had that anything unusual might happen terrified me as fully as the later, more logically constructed episodes.”, (Laidlaw, 311).
By this I believe laidlaw is speaking to us about setting, the use of setting and imagery can be linked to the atmosphere set in the short story. “On an early evening in May of 1963, a young man with his hand in his pocket walked briskly up New York’s Third Avenue. The air was soft and beautiful, the sky was darkening by slow degrees from blue to the calm and lovely violet of dusk. There are people who love the city, and this was one of the nights that made them love it. Everyone standing in the doorways of the delicatessens and dry-cleaning shops and restaurants seemed to be smiling”, (King, 1).
Stephen King sets the audience for a nice and positive experience, If someone that did not know Kings work were to read this, they would be expecting a beautiful love story, not a short story with a dark twist at the end of it. King also utilizes repetition and alliteration in “The Man Who Loved Flowers” in order to help the stories plot twist at the end, “He swung the hammer and she didn’t scream, but she might scream because she wasn’t Norma, none of them were Norma, and he swung the hammer, swung the hammer, swung the hammer. She wasn’t Norma and so he swung the hammer, as he had done five other times”, (King, 5).
Review of Stephen King’s Detective Mystery Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes is a wrongdoing novel by American essayist Stephen King. It is his 51st novel and the 44th distributed under his own name. He calls it his first hard-bubbled analyst book. It was distributed on June 3, 2014. On June 10, 2014 the creator portrayed Mr. Mercedes on Twitter as the main volume of an anticipated set of three; it was followed in June 2015 by Finders Keepers, the primary draft of which was done around the time Mr. Mercedes was published, and in June 2016 by End of Watch. A resigned analyst mulling over suicide finds new life when a specialty mass killer who escaped police connects with boast. K. William Hodges is a resigned analyst who is endeavoring to discover motivation to live without the excite of his old employment when he is compelled to close a case that amid his vocation, he and his accomplice were not able unravel.
Multi day while enduring the balmy impacts of evening daytime TV and an inexorably unfortunate eating regimen, Hodges’ presently inactive life gets a severe reminder when a letter falls through his mail opening. A criminal referred to just as the Mercedes Killer, who figures out how to escape capture after mercilessly slaughtering eight individuals and harming fifteen when he ran them over in a stolen Mercedes, connects with the “Det-Ret”, in a boasting, searing, and manipulative letter at last planned to constrain the retiree to suicide. Normally, his letter has the inverse of its coveted impact. Hodges embarks on a long arduous journey reviewing the details of the old case as well as combing through the letter hoping to find any clues that may lead to the capture of this unrepentant murderer. He begins by enlisting the help of his seventeen year-old neighbor and friend Jerome, who doubles as lawn mower and tech savvy computer genius to unravel the increasingly tangled web of the killer’s mind. Hodges also returns to the people he previously interviewed while on the force, including the sister of the late owner of the stolen Mercedes, whose gumption and spunk ensnare his mind and ultimately his heart. The sister Janey, Jerome, and Hodges form a sort of motley crew of investagtors intent upon capturing the Mercedes Killer.
As the reader follows Hodges’ journey down the path to justice, we, learn more and more about who the killer is and his mindset and motivation for his actions. He, a master at hiding in plain sight moves seamlessly in and out of the detective’s life, all the while planning and scheming new ways to bring death and destruction on the heads of the people around him that he so despises. He lives at home with his alcoholic mother and the memory of his dead younger brother and allows his insanity and demented ideas to slowly drive him closer and closer to his own demise. He plans to kill Jerome’s dog with poisoned meat in the hopes that it may throw the entire investigation off its course, but his plan backfires when his drunken mother eats the meat herself and dies. The Mercedes Killer, then embarks on a vendetta to personally dispose of the retired detective with a car bomb that, yet again, never reaches its intended victim, but rather kills Janey, Hodges new paramour. When the killer realizes his error, he decides to make one last grand stand by staging a suicide bombing at a concert at the same arena where he’d committed his first infamous massacre.
After the death of his new love, Hodges’ need to capture the Mercedes Killer grows even stronger and he, Jerome, and Janey’s niece Holly begin an increasingly dangerous quest to find and stop the killer before he hurts anyone else. After using the computer files of the late Mercedes owner and the power of the Internet, Hodges realizes that the killer is an employee of a local computer repair company. He finds the names and pictures of the computer repairmen and goes on a hunt to apprehend the suspect before he can harm anyone else. Jerome, poring over the photographs of the three repairmen finally recognizes one, the true Mercedes killer as the driver of the local neighborhood ice cream truck, a person with whom he and his family had conversed several times. The group goes to find the perpetrator at home, only to discover the killer deceased mother, rotting away in her bed. Thanks to Holly’s odd brand of genius, Hodges and Jerome are able to scour the killer’s computer and discover his next plot to murder hundreds of people at a pop concert mere minutes away. After a stressful race to the arena, a harrowing apprehension of the criminal just in time to prevent disaster, and a heart attack suffered by William Hodges, the day and several lives are saved by the perseverance and sheer obstinance of the retired detective and his friends, and the criminal, whose only wish was to die in a blaze of glory, instead is left to rot in a hospital bed, deprived of fame and the death he so dilligently and sought wrought.
The Literary Critique of Stephen King’s Piece “Why We Crave Horror Movies”
Textual Critique: “Why We Crave Horror Movies” By Stephen King
In the essay “Why We Crave Horror Movies” by Stephen King, the main point of the essay is explaining why people enjoy horror films. King is pinpointing an audience who is intrigued by horror and those who question why people like it at all. Some people wonder how horror movies can be enjoyable to others. Those types of people are the ones who are more likely to read this, searching for the answer. He is able to persuade the audience into agreeing with his points by using examples of everyday happenings that could dub us as somewhat insane and making us really think twice. King starts his essay by claiming “we’re all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylum only hide it better” (298). His purpose is instantly clear: we’re going to discover what makes us all mentally ill in one way or another.
King is well known for writing horror novels. The first sentence of the essay sounds just like Stephen King: “I think that we’re all mentally ill” (298). He knows how to draw in an audience. Already, the reader is interested to know what comes next. King’s effective use of a hook makes this essay one worth reading from the start. King continues on by introducing the idea of horror movies into his essay. It’s now clear that King is going to use horror movies to help explain his idea. He starts off by simply putting it as, “we go to have fun” (299). Quickly, though, the thought changes a bit to adhere to the reader’s thoughts. King knows exactly what the reader is thinking. Why would you go to have fun? Aren’t horror movies supposed to scare you? King agrees: “this is a very peculiar sort of fun indeed” (299). When thinking about fun activities, going to watch people die in a movie isn’t exactly the first idea that comes to mind.
King explains “horror movies provide psychic relief …because this invitation to lapse into…outright madness is extended so rarely” (299). He uses society as his way of explaining this even further: “Love, friendship, loyalty and kindness—these are all the emotions that we applaud” (300). King continues by explaining that negative emotions and actions are never praised. He uses the imagery of children at a family party. King describes the scene in two ways. He portrays the older sibling as faking kindness towards the younger sister to gain all sorts of praise and affection from the family members at a party. On the other hand, King says if the older sibling were to “deliberately slam the rotten little puke of a sister’s fingers in the door” there would be a much different reaction (300).
Based on society’s rules and the fact that negative feelings aren’t necessarily welcome, King has clearly stated and convinced us of his point that horror films are a gateway to freeing those unwanted, insane thoughts like regularly expressed emotions. King explains that these “anticivilization emotions don’t go away and they demand periodic exercise” (300). It makes sense. All of our emotions, whether they be happy, sad, anger, or “anticivilization emotions” as King says, must be expressed equally and regularly. That’s why we have horror movies. King creates an image in our mind by writing that horror movies open “a trap door in the civilized forebrain” (300). Beneath that trap door are “hungry alligators swimming around in that subterranean river” (300). The alligators represent our uncivilized feelings. King continues on by agreeing with Lennon and McCartney “that all you need is love” (300). King concludes his essay by putting a twist on the sensitive feeling of love: “As long as you keep the gators fed” (300). While love is a wonderful emotion to express, we can’t all feel loving towards everyone. As long as we keep our grotesque thoughts accounted for, we can easily keep ourselves sane for the sake of others.
King’s essay is intriguing, vivid, and twists the reader’s mind by making them ask questions about their own sanity along the way. He uses imagery by creating and describing scenarios such as the scenario of the siblings fighting at a family gathering. Starting from the beginning, there was never a dull moment. Each sentence and was crafted in a way that forced my mind to think a certain way and even agree with the majority of what he was saying—and I’m not a big horror movie fan. The point of persuasion is to make someone really think about your side of the argument. King is known to be a horror person, which allows the audience to already know where he stands. Yet, he knows that most of his audience isn’t as big on horror as he is. He takes his understanding of his audience and uses it to his advantage. King wants the reader to agree with his ideas by showing them that he is trustworthy in what he’s saying. To establish trust between author and reader, he acknowledges the readers’ thoughts. He assesses his ideas as a potential reader would. By placing himself in the readers’ shoes, he is able to make a strong connection with his reader. It’s comforting to know that someone understands you and King is doing exactly that. He knew his audience and all ideas were focused. The focus of ideas is important in allowing the reader to understand his thoughts. Instead of being thrown around carelessly, he organized his ideas in a way that was understandable. Organization also gives the reader a sense of trust. A good writer would never allow their work to be published unfinished and sloppy. He took his vision, gave it a voice, and presented it to an audience that he already knew. This essay will make the reader truly wonder: Am I actually insane? No one will really ever know, since we’re all just so good at hiding it.
The Main Message of the Book the Body
“The Body”: Fall From Innocence
Through the use of symbols, Stephen King creates a story about four boys losing their innocence in the search for a dead body. In the book it describes the boys going on a journey through the woods and on the train tracks, they may have faced some difficulties but they still kept going. It showed how the boys started off as children and became young men by the end of the book.
At the start of the story, Stephen King introduces the protagonist, Gordie, Chris, Teddy, and Vern. the boys traveled to see a dead body when Vern overheard his brother and his brothers friend talking about how they found a dead body along the tracks. In the beginning of the book, all four boys started off as children. A quote to show you is “I was twelve going on thirteen when I first saw a dead human being.” Pg.335 Gordie was the one to state the quote. The quote symbolizes how the boys were children at the beginning of the story as it shows how the boys didn’t know what death was. Also, it shows how the boys couldn’t understand that they can’t take the body with them. That is how in the beginning of the book the boys started off as children.
Throughout the boy’s journey, they come to terms with many challenges, like starting to realize how their lives are and thinking about their future. Also, how the boys are cleansing their lives by them crying at least once each in the story and how it rained for the first time that summer. A quote to show how the boys lives are cleansing is “Then the storm came down all at once as if a shower chain had been pulled in the sky.” Pg. 468 The person to state the quote is Gordie. The rain and tears of the boys is a symbol of the boys lives cleansing and getting rid of all the bad things happening in their lives. It shows you that the are finally starting to mature as they keep going. They may have had some challenges such as almost getting hit by a train, a lake full of leeches that got stuck on them, and them pulling a gun on the older boys but that’s the thing, they kept going and didn’t even have a thought about turning around and going back home. That is how rain and tears is a symbol of the boys maturing throughout the middle of the book.
At the climax of the story, the boys find the dead body of Ray Brower, and that is when the boys realized that they couldn’t take the body and what death was. The boys couldn’t take the body with them because if they did then the police would state how the boys are the blame for what happened to Ray Brower and since their parents didn’t care about them the boys would have ended up in jail even if they didn’t commit the crime. By the end of the book the boys turned into young men and a quote to show that is “Some people drown, that’s all. It’s not fair, but it happens.Some people drown.” Pg.498 Gordie was the person to state this quote. This quote is a symbol of how Gordie realizes that his and his friend’s life starts a new chapter. By the time they all went back to school they were new people, they all went their separate ways and weren’t close friends anymore like they used to be. And that was when they all learned something from experiencing Ray Browers body laying there on the tracks.
Throughout “The Body,” Stephen King creates a story about four boys on a journey to find a dead body. Above tells you on how King uses quotes and symbols to describe how the boys grew up through the story. Such as in the beginning the boys were children, the middle they are starting to mature and at the end, they are all young men. That was when they all went their separate ways.
An Endless Number of Questions in the Gunslinger Novel
Analysis of Chapter 1 of the Gunslinger
Stephen King’s classic introduction to his famous “Dark Tower” series is his greatest claim to fame, and may very well be one of the most influential “Post-Apocalyptic” style books in the lost 100 years. The name of this hallowed piece of marvel? The Gunslinger. The Gunslinger is a perfect example of a novel that follows the classic criteria of answering questions with more questions. Stephen King’s magnificent work is the ideal balance of symbolism and entertainment, all the while held together by endless literary talent. The Gunslinger is the ideal novel to represent the genre of post-apocalyptic fantasy.
The Gunslinger is riddled with symbols, motifs, and recurring themes. One of the most common symbols is the “Devil Grass” which, in Dr. King’s wonderfully constructed fantasy realm, is the equivalent of marijuana. Our main character, Roland, often speaks of the Devil Grass as a societal barrier, separating those who are addicted to it, and those who aren’t. King never mentions anything about a high associated with the Devil Grass, but surely makes it clear that those who chew or smoke the Devil Grass are shunned from society. Another such motif is the saying “The world has moved on.” Roland often thinks back to when he was a child, and remembers a world where he trained to be a warrior skilled in the techniques of gun-wielding. Yet every time he thinks about his parents, or his childhood friends, he always snaps out of his flashback, remembering that “The world had moved on.” What Roland means by this is not revealed in “The Gunslinger”, and leaves the reader questioning what he could possibly mean by that phrase.
In the beginning of “The Gunslinger” Roland reveals himself to be on a quest to kill the “Man in Black” who seems to hold some kind of answers that Roland doesn’t just need to know, he has to know. While searching for the Man in Black, Roland finds himself in a small town, which he soons learns was a stopping place for the Man in Black. Roland constantly fears that the Man in Black has set a trap for him, but never seems to know what, or who, the trap is. What reason does Roland have to fear the Man in Black to such a high extent that he would follow him all the way across the desert, just to end his life? The most sensible idea about the Man in Black is that he symbolizes Roland’s “crusade”. Roland has been on the path of righteousness for his entire life, but could the Man in Black be his symbol of all that he fears? The Man in Black, simply put, is Roland’s greatest failure, one which he can’t live with. The Man in Black is the one who got away.
During Roland’s travels through the desert, he meets many new people, some of which bring up questions that boggle the reader’s mind. One such character is Nort, a strange man sitting in a pub. Roland sits down at the bar of the pub, and orders a beer and three burgers. Roland is wary of the trap that the Man in Black set, but he isn’t sure what it is. Out of the blue, Roland sees a man standing next to him, who is literally chewing the Devil Grass. He then dumbfounds Roland by addressing him in the High Speech of Gilead, a language that died along with Roland’s people. Roland’s memories of the “high speech” are a recurring symbol, and most likely carry the idea of nostalgia, and Roland fiercely guards these memories, which remind him of why he chose the path that he did.
Stephen King’s novel “The Gunslinger” brings up an endless number of questions, even within the bounds of the first chapter alone. This literary masterpiece is a prime example of flooding a reader with questions, which succeed in creating a sense of connection to the suffering of the characters in his novel. But Stephen King’s ability to weave a tale is not the only significant point in his novel. King loaded “The Gunslinger” with symbols and motifs, which hold significant cultural value. King truly has a gift for creating a powerful, yet relevant book, which easily holds its own against the test of time.