Analysis Of The Shawshank Redemption By Frank Darabont

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Alec Heitz
Katherine Wagner
HUM 224-02
Evaluative Essay
October 13th, 2015
Evaluative Analysis: The Shawshank Redemption When it comes to movies, I am not exactly what you could consider well-versed. Had it not been for several close friends of mine, I would have never even seen blockbuster hits such as Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, or Back to the Future. The reason for this is not because I dislike watching movies, but rather due to the restrictive nature of my parents. Thus, I have not had the privilege to enjoy The Shawshank Redemption, Frank Darabont’s 1994 adaptation of the Stephen King novel, until recently. Due to countless positive reviews and the recommendations of friends, I anticipated that it would be a must-see for those mature enough to appreciate its commentary on the human condition. After viewing the flick, I can certainly verify The Shawshank Redemption deserves its must-see status, as it contains such relatable themes and excellent cinematic techniques. Various themes are presented in the film; however, the most prevalent of these themes are the severity of isolation and the redeeming qualities of hope. The Shawshank Redemption follows the story of Andy Dufresne, a man wrongly convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover, and his time spent at the Shawshank prison, as well as Andy’s eventual escape. Early on, it becomes extremely evident that those imprisoned at Shawshank must deal with unbearable isolation on multiple levels. Shawshank
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