Good And Evil In The Shawshank Redemption

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As people grow up, they go through different trials and tribulations, face different situations, and experience new things. In life, everyone encounters both good and bad, as Philip Zimbardo states, “good and evil is the yin and yang of the human condition” (Zimbardo). In Frank Darabont’s film, The Shawshank Redemption, throughout time spent as an inmate or employee of Shawshank prison, the characters experience both good and evil, and act on them. Psychologist, Philip Zimbardo, explores the idea of how a situation one is put in affects their person and actions; while writer, Doris Lessing, examines how people abandon their morals and common sense and partake in actions due to group pressure. Through understanding both of their perspectives, is realizing the answer to the question of: what is the true cause behind a person becoming evil? The Shawshank Redemption first introduces Andy Dufresne as a good guy, being wrongfully sentenced to two life sentences in prison for murder. After spending nineteen years in Shawshank Prison, Andy went from being a good person to a bad one. Dufresne seemed to have been a decent guy before he was sent to prison, being an intelligent, former banker. It’s not until Dufresne deceives the warden and guard into trusting him that his wits are displayed. As mentioned in Zimbardo’s TED Talk, “The Psychology of Evil,” Andy crossed the line that lies between good and evil. He was undoubtedly, one of the good people that Zimbardo speaks of, that was
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