Hope and Free Will as a Panacea for Identity Crisis: An Existentialist Narrative of Stephen King’s Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

Authors

  • Subbayya Krishna G S UG student, Department of English, Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri -690525, Kerala, India.
  • Amrutha H Assistant Professor, Department of English, Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri -690525, Kerala, India.

Abstract

This paper intends to explore the quintessence of the choice of free will and the expression of individuality in Stephen King's “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.†The concept of survival prolonged by determination and acute perseverance forms the cynosure of this paper. The paper attempts an existentialist reading of the novella, parallel to the character of Andy Dufresne, who stands as the flawless epitome of the concept. Here, the existentialist hero in Andy and his attributes in confirming his identity are analysed. On the other hand, the paper also brings to light the fate of Red and Brooksie who were accustomed to the happy prison life which made them unfit in the world outside. The paper highlights the contrast between Andy and the characters Red and Brooksie in their concept of existence.

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Published

2018-07-28