Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption Essay

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There is a staggering amount of corruption in the prison system that is caused by pressure on the inmates as well as the employees in Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. The aforementioned corruption contributes greatly to many of the main plot points in the story such as; the harassment of the prisoners, the smuggling of contraband items into Shawshank, and the prisoners making their own lives easier by using the corruption for their own purposes. Corruption is a main cause of the harassment and exploitation of the prisoners. This is exemplified by the Inside-out Program, initiated by Samuel Norton. It is described as being slave-labour, which has never been described as fair. Without the corruption in the …show more content…
Also, after Andy is raped by the sisters, and Bogs Diamond is found beaten up in his cell, it is mentioned that someone (probably Andy) paid off some corrupt guards to keep their heads turned while Bogs was beaten. On this topic, Red says that: “A guard could have been bribed real easy to let someone-maybe two or three someones-into the block, and, yes, even into Diamond’s cell.” (35) Even though Bogs would be known to everyone as something of an antagonist, harassment is still evident, and it is obvious that the easily corruptible guards-pressured by bribes-allowed him to be harassed. Therefore, it is evident that almost all of the prisoners at Shawshank seem to have encountered some sort of harassment do to corruption in the system. Red’s whole reputation in Shawshank is only possible because of the corruption in the system. He wouldn’t be able to smuggle supplies into the prison without his network of corrupt officials who are willing to help. These corrupt guards work in many different forms, some simply turning a blind eye to Red’s business, some even helping him and others even going so far as smuggling things in themselves. On that note, it seemed like there were actually quite a few officials who were in on the contraband trade, as Red mentions that “By the late sixties there was a booming trade in pills, and the same administrative crowd was
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