Brooks Hatlen by j7K4385T


									      Brooks Hatlen
Played by James Whitmore
        By Kirsten and
               Who is he??
• Brooks is the veteran inside Shawshank. He
  has a rook called "Jake" in the movie. Brooks is
  the librarian of Shawshank. Inside Shawshank
  he is the librarian, a respected man, whereas
  outside he is a former convict, and of a low
  position in society. Once outside of Shawshank
  Brooks becomes afraid of life as he has become
  institutionalized. He works in a grocery store,
  but later ngs himself as he feels he has no
  quality of life. His actions cause the remaining
  inmates of Shawshank to fear the outside world.
Why is he important to the film?
• Brooks is important to the film because he represents
  the struggle to overcome institutionalism.
• Brooks is a long time inmate at Shawshank and has
  lost his hope, having become institutionalised.
• “He's just institutionalized...The man's been in here
  fifty years, Heywood, fifty years. This is all he knows.
  In here, he's an important man, he's an educated
  man. Outside he's nothin' - just a used-up con with
  arthritis in both hands. Probably couldn't get a library
  card if he tried...these walls are funny. First you hate
  'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, it
  gets so you depend on 'em. That's 'institutionalized' –
  Red says this about Brooks.
             Relationship with Andy
•   Andy is transferred from the laundry to the library where he meets
    Brooks who has been the prison librarian for 37 years. Andy and his
    friends become good friends with Brooks. He was respected by the
    inmates as he had been there for 50 years and this is shown in his letter
    to the fellow inmates.
•   “Dear Fellows, I can't believe how fast things move on the outside. I saw
    an automobile when I was a kid, but now... they're everywhere. The
    world went and got itself in a big damn hurry Whilst being shown into a
    room. The parole board got me into this... half way house, called "The
    Brewer", Whilst working in Grocery Store, And a job bagging groceries
    in The Food Way. It's hard work, and I try to keep up, but my hands hurt
    most of the time. I don't think the store manager likes me very much.
    Sometimes after work I go to the park and feed the birds,I keep thinkin'
    Jake might just show up and say 'Hello'. But he never does. I hope
    wherever he is, he's doin' okay and makin' new friends. I have trouble
    sleeping at night; I have bad dreams like I'm falling. I wake up scared.
    Sometimes it takes me a while to remember where I am. Maybe I should
    get me a gun and rob the Food Way so they'd send me home. I could
    shoot the manager while I was at it, sorta like a bonus. I guess I'm too
    old for that sorta nonsense anymore. I don't like it here, I'm tired of being
    afraid all the time. I've decided not to stay. I doubt they'd kick up any
    fuss, not for an old crook like me.” –Brooks voiceover
Describing Words
    •   Respected
    •   Educated
    •   Humble
    •   Comfortable
    •   In Control
    •   Popular
    •   Dependant
    •   Institutionalised
    •   Frightened
    •   Desperate
    •   Naïve
    •   Weak
    •   Vunerable

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