Brooks Hatlen Played by James Whitmore. By Kirsten and Nicole. Who is he??.
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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.
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.
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