Shawshank Redemption Essay

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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…