Analysis Of The Movie ' The Shawshank Redemption '

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The Shawshank Redemption, a twenty year old movie, is an accurate representation of corruption within the walls of a prison. Justice seems to fail to exist within the walls of Shawshank, where corruption is the norm. The system is exploited for the gain of all of the major characters in the film, although it does not work in the favor of all of the characters. In the movie, corruption plays a large role in the lives of four characters; Andy, Hadley, Tommy, and the warden. Today, the focus of the prison system is rehabilitation and reintegration into society. In the Shawshank Redemption this could not have been less true. The prison in the movie serves simply as housing for inmates, not offering any help with skills needed outside of prison. A clear example of this is when Brooks is released from Shawshank and finds himself completely unprepared for the world. Sadly this ends with Brooks committing suicide shortly after his release. Before killing himself, Brooks considers ways in which he could end up back in prison because prison is all he has known for fifty years. In prison he was considered important because he was a librarian but on the outside, Brooks is just another insignificant person. While one would expect for the prison guards to uphold the law to the highest degree, this is not the case in Shawshank. Ironically, the guards in the prison break the law by abusing the prisoners, using the skills of the prisoners for their own financial gain, and with the
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