Shawshank Redemption

1188 Words Jun 3rd, 2013 5 Pages
In the film ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ by Frank Darabont, it informs us about the hardships in the prison of Shawshank and hopes to achieve freedom. The characters in Shawshank Redemption present a variety of social issues. Throughout Andy and Red’s sentence in prison, issues of identity, motivation, and anxiety are brought about within the film. Darabont shows us the affects of prison life during and after a prisoner’s sentence in prison. Shawshank Redemption portrays these social issues through the movies’s theme of finding freedom.
The idea freedom is presented in the scene earlier in the film, when one of the prisoners ask Andy at the cafeteria ‘are you gonna eat that?’Andy didn’t want the food and handed it over which was fed to the
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As the years pass by, Andy develops a respect from his inmates and some of the guards by using his banking skills and his education. By assisting the warden, Samuel Norton, with his financial endeavors and trying to get a new library for Shawshank, Andy is able to slowly gain favor with the prison’s authority. However, by helping the warden embezzle money, Andy does not realize that this is reducing his chances of ever leaving Shawshank because the warden does not want to get caught with his crimes. Andy is taken advantage of and placed in solitary confinement, which further pushes him to find freedom that he secretly has been planning all along. One morning, Andy’s cell is empty and the warden finds an escape route that Andy dug for twenty years with a rock hammer hidden in his bible. In the end, Andy exposes the warden and moves to Mexico where Red will meet him when his time in prison is complete. Hope is what Andy was fueled by and is what gave both Red and Andy willpower to survive and seek for freedom.
In the movie Shawshank Redemption, social issues are evident and are portrayed through different characters that are dealing with their individual desire for hope and freedom, each having a different outlook on life. As the main character, Andy Dufresne has a goal of finding his own identity within the prison of Shawshank by taking on different responsibilities and roles. Becoming a prison librarian, a financial advisor, and an educator, Andy begins to
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