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A Twist on Freedom When Gandhi spoke of freedom he derived it as independence from the British He fought his whole life for freedom culminating in his ultimate goal a free India While Elmore Leonards goals were not as lofty in Get Shorty he expresses the same idea of freedom The novels humorous take on Mafia life is the story of Chili Palmer a loan shark down on his luck Delving into Chilis hounding of a convict who has taken his money Get Shorty is a representation of life in the most absurd form possible Chilis scheme to steal his money backfires but he becomes richer than he can imagine by making his life into a movie Similarly Elmore Leonard has had several of his books made into movies over his career Although he has no connection to the Mafia Leonard is still considered to be in the upper echelon of crime writers today His inspiration for Get Shorty came from his older brother who is similar to the main character brash tough and confident Many elements are used to show the central theme but as one critic states By the end of a Leonard novel there are two or three items that really stick out Hilliard 6 Thus in Elmore Leonards novel Get Shorty irony foreshadowing and conflict are used to develop the central theme of freedom Irony is shown throughout Get Shorty to present the theme of freedom One such way is when Fay Devoe the wife of the man who has cheated Chili of his money states I wish he really was dead the son of a bitch Leonard 46 This is ironic in that while the husband fakes his death and lives in splendor for some time he dies at the end Throughout the novel Fay feels trapped by Leo the husband thus his death leaves her free Leo also represents irony when he states Were all just trying to make
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