Shawshank Redemption Essay

1037 Words Oct 27th, 2011 5 Pages
Shawshank Redemption

Sarmad Syed

Hum. 150

October 27, 2011

Hilary Clay Hicks

Shawshank Redemption is a film, directed by Frank Darabont adapting it for screen, based on Stephen king novella “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank redemption.”
This film takes the audience on a journey of despair and hope of individuals in
Shawshank prison. Constant routine, forced conformity, power abuse and the struggle of hope. The use of lighting, camera angles, music and different shots are accounted for in
Shawshank prison. Every prison scene is framed by bars and dark, grays or blues as backdrop as this effect indicates the cruel nature of life and the control of Shawshank within the lives of every individual. The Shawshank
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The key scene studied was “Beer on the Roof” from Shawshank Redemption. This scene reflects both the ideas and features of this film. The ideas in this film are that innocent people can be institutionalized, institutions work on fear and violence which does not fulfill the aim of institutions and that compliance can be achieved through violence and corruption. In the scene “Beer on the Roof” the setting has moved from inside to a building near the perimeter where it feels as if it is outside. For the first time you see the green of grass and trees in the background. You get a new aspect of the jail from the grey, oppressive, towering walls to the openness and brightness of the roof. A characterization is a major technique used in this scene. This scene is the turning point for Andy’s life in prison. In the beginning Andy was alone in the laundry looking depressed. He has been in prison for 2 years and has been repeatedly beaten and raped by “the sisters”. While on the roof Andy keeps listening in on the guards’ conversation. He ends up talking about tax schemes with the chief guard. He breaks a deal that he’ll help the chief guard with his tax if each of his co-workers can have 3 beers each. The scene ends with Andy watching the other men drink with a strange smile on his face because he knows he’s done something better. The camera angles in this scene add to

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