Lera Ramsay Hour 5 District Performance Event “You’re not a bad fellow at heart,” (Henry, page 1), were the words the warden of the prison said to Jimmy the day before he was released. Jimmy Valentine was a professional thief that could break through any bank vault he wanted. While in the small town of Elmore, he falls in love with with a girl named Miss Annabel Adams, the daughter of the man who owns The Elmore Bank. After that day, Jimmy stopped robbing banks and turned into Ralph D. Spencer. Jimmy Valentine was dedicated to living a moral life because he changed his life around for Annabel, he has integrity, and many people saw him as a good man after he changed.
O. Henry’s short story “A Retrieved Reformation,” is about Jimmy Valentine, a young criminal. Jimmy Valentine is condemned of cracking safe, but the Governor granted Valentine clemency because he had many criminal friends on the outside. After he got released Jimmy recommenced his life of crime as a safecracker. Ben Price, a police officer, started looking for him, so Jimmy moved to a small town in Arkansas called Elmore. There Jimmy met Annabel Adams.
Not here in town” (Watson 101). Along with protecting the citizens of Bentrock, Wesley also protects Frank’s reputation and dignity when he does not take him to the public jail, where everyone would know what he has done. Finally, Wesley helps people when he moves away from Bentrock, Montana and follows his dream of becoming a lawyer. In this single action, he helps David, his son, get away from his grandfather who is a bad influence. In addition, he helps his marriage because his wife has always wanted to move away.
Can a convict truly be reformed? That is the question in O’Henry’s short story, “A Retrieved Reformation.” Jimmy Valentine, the main character, is released from prison with the hope of quickly being back in “business.” However, an act of forgiveness, the gift of tools, and a legitimate business lead Valentine to become a reformed man. One way that Jimmy Valentine demonstrated he is a reformed man is when he opened his business by himself. Toward the middle of the story, Jimmy changed his name to Ralph D. Spencer when he moved to Elmore. He did this because he wanted to start a new chapter of his life where he was not known as Jimmy Valentine, the crack safer.
Also how Brooks didn’t want to be released from prison and how while he was free he thought of breaking his parole to go back into prison. The director captured the fear on Brooks face very well with a close, while Brooks on his ride to freedom. Brooks release led to him hanging himself. Red also expressed the same feeling after he was finally released on parole and felt like exiting the world like Brooks, but a promise he made to Andy kept him going on. Andy Dufresne captured the contradiction of the prison very well by saying “it took prison to make me a crook” after the Warden get Dufresne involved in money
It warmed my heart reading about how Stanley’s relationship with Zero was so strong that he risks his own life by hijacking Mr. Sir’s truck and briskly setting off to find Zero. Stanley’s expectations weren’t high considering that Zero had been away for days without food, water, or shelter, but when he overheard the Warden and Mr. Sir over talking about how they were going to delete all of Zero’s files and act like he never existed, he knew he made the right choice. Near the end of the book, my feelings about the lines above were reassured to be true when Stanley was officially released back to his lawyer and before leaving he said, “‘I can’t leave Hector.’” (Sachar 219). This caused Ms. Morengo, Stanley’s lawyer, to demand Zero’s files but then discovering that Camp Green Lake was a fraud, forcing it to be shut
Take Walter Cunningham for example, he’s a hard-working man who provides for his family. Not only that, but he sends his son Walter to school. This is a man who understands the value of education and imposes it on his son because he loves him. In the book we catch a scene of Walter Cunningham in a lynching mob going to the town jail, trying to take Tom Robinson’s life. While at the jail the mob encounter Jem, Scout, Dill, and Atticus Finch.
Losing something that you have had for a long time can affect the way you act and feel. In the movie The Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne, experiences the death of freedom. The movie follows Andy Dufresne who is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he did not commit the crimes. The way Andy deals with death of freedom is that he helps the warden and guards, he builds a library and escapes from the prison.
He tries to keep order during the trial. After Bob Ewell died he went to the Finches’ house and said “ To my way of thinkin ', takin ' one man who done you and this town a big service, and draggin ' him with his shy ways into the limelight - to me that 's a sin. It 's a sin.”(Lee, 276) Heck knew that Jem didn’t kill Bob and that he didn’t fall on his knife either. He knew that Boo was the only one who could have killed Bob. But bringing Boo into court would only cause more trouble.