The protagonist, Andy Dufresne is a resourcefully calm intelligent character. Andy Dufresne is a character sent to prison due to the murder of his wife and her lover. During the opening scenes the directors convince the audience that the character of Andy Dufresne is as a pleasant man. This shows that the audience expectations are defeated because the audience would not suspect a man like Andy Dufresne to end up in jail. Andy’s clam characteristics are provoked during the scene he is abused by “the sisters” but as Andy is approached to be calm character he approaches the situation with intellect over violence. He is shown to differ from other character
A man by the name of Andy Dufresne was convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in Shawshank prison. He was an obvious black sheep among the prisoners, but as time went on he grew relationships with the crooks and realized the injustice in the justice system. In the creation of friendship between Red and Andy, hope was spread throughout the prison. While many themes are present in the film The Shawshank Redemption, hope, friendship, and injustice are also relevant in the world today.
In the novella, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, the reader follows the life of Andy Dufresne, who was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and a golf pro. Author Stephen King, who is known for his simpler, conversation esque writing, describes Andy’s experiences and attempt to escape from Shawshank Prison where he is being held. Red, Andy’s most valuable friend while in prison, is also in prison for killing his wife, but in contrast to Andy, he actually did it. Andy is constantly denied his freedom for parole or when evidence arises proving his innocence because of his role running the illegal money laundering scheme for Warden Norton. Throughout the novella, both characters display moments of similar, but also at times vastly different, levels of hope. King uses the way characters, such as Red and Andy, view hope as either a means of escape or simply futile in the novella to show how the circumstances surrounding a tragedy or difficult situation change a character’s mindset on hope and in turn dictates the actions they use to cope.
At the beginning of the Shawshank Redemption, Andy gets framed for the murder of his cheating wife. Which makes his life take a darker turn with him going to Shawshank prison. Shawshank prison is one of the worst prisons ever, the prison guards abuse the prisoners, and the warden orders them to do so and will do anything for money. The prison uses fear as a way to keep the prisoners in line. When you first show up to Shawshank they take you in, strip you down, and spray you with water. After that, they throw this powder on you then give you your clothes and walk you to your cell naked. The prisoners have a game to see who breaks down first, so they yell at the new prisoners until one breaks. Their goal is to break the person they bet on this shows fear because when a new prisoners break they cry and become very scared and the one who broke in the film was murdered by a guard.
The movie, The Shawshank Redemption (1994), is based on a character Andy Dufresne. Andy is a young and successful banker who is sent to Shawshank Prison for murdering his wife and her secret lover. His life is changed drastically upon being convicted and being sent to prison. He is sent to prison to serve a life term. Over the 20-years in prison, Andy retains optimism and eventually earns the respect of his fellow inmates. He becomes friends with Red, and they both comfort and empathize with each other while in prison. The story has a strong message of hope, spirit, determination, courage, and desire.
Andy proves himself as a Christ figure through his kind, philanthropic nature that draws others to his character, making acolytes of ordinary men. For example, Andy helps to build a library at the prison, a declared impossible task - or a miracle - attempting to encourage those around him to learn and study because of the persistency of his letters. The scene in which the construction work begins details an essential aspect to Andy’s victory in spreading knowledge, the director explaining it as “tracking the construction. Walls have been knocked down. Men are painting, plastering, hammering. Lots of shelves going up. Red is head carpenter. We find him discussing plans with Andy.” Throughout the scene the director utilizes humor to highlight the illiteracy of the inmates, further sanctifying Andy’s goodness in teaching them at such an uneducated level. At least for Andy, his people will not “suffer from lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). Furthermore, foreshadowing manifests in one of the books that inmate Haywood mentions, The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, as pointed out by Andy, the protagonist in the novel conducts a prison break, all while the eye level shots help the audience become more comfortable with the characters, shaping them into more realistic people and allowing a more clear interaction between each of the characters.
(Part I) Nicole Rafter identifies several stock characteristics that dominate the traditional film. First, there is the convict buddy. In The Shawshank Redemption our innocent protagonist Andy is quickly befriended by prison veteran, Red. Red’s voice can be heard narrating his thoughts about his friend Andy. As the story goes on, their relationship is further explored to the point that the last shot is them reuniting. Common to traditional prison films is a paternalistic warden, but this is not the case in Shawshank Prison. The warden here is very greedy and immoral which is a general a characteristic of more recent prison films. Another stock character is a brutish guard which we see exemplified in Captain Byron Hadley. He beats a man to death in the first act of the film. Finally, we have Andy, who is the young hero, or at least he is fairly young when he goes into prison. He is innocent and thus exemplifies Rafter’s stock character of having an unjustly accused protagonist. Rafter also notes stock plots that often play out. In The Shawshank Redemption, the innocent hero Andy escapes while simultaneously bringing condemnation on the unjust members of the prison. This plot corresponds to one of Rafter’s traditional prison plots (2006, 166). Lastly, there is the idea of stock themes in traditional prison films. Again, The Shawshank Redemption falls in line with Rafter’s theme of the unjustly jailed hero fighting against the unfair system. Rafter writes, “To restore justice,
Dufresne is sentenced to life in prison and is taken to Shawshank State Penitentiary to live out his sentence. Once Dufresne becomes situated, he befriends Red, a fellow inmate who is also convicted of murder. He asks this newly acquired friend to smuggle items into the prison for him, including a rock hammer and various posters of women, and Red does so promptly. After working numerous labor-intensive days in the prison’s laundry facility, Dufresne decides to sign up for a project to re-roof the prison. During his task, Dufresne eavesdrops on the conversation of the guards, and he learns that Captain Byron Hadley is having financial trouble.
In result, Andy begins to feel a sense of betrayed and finalizes the plans of his escape. Having developed said plan for many years, that night Andy escapes through a man made whole in his cell which was covered by the poster he purchased from Red. With the escape going according to plan, he flees to Mexico and becomes untraceable due to a new identity.
Shawshank Redemption Shawshank Redemption is a story of a man named Andy Dufresne who is wrongly convicted of double murder. He catches his wife cheating on him and due to him being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the murder is pinned on him. During his prison time he learns to do his best to keep everyone distracted with other things, he sets up a library, he does the tax forms and paperwork for the guards and the warden, all while secretly digging a tunnel to escape. After a while he finally makes the escape tunnel and makes it out showing a story of good planning and hope winning out in the end.
In spite of his apparent weak physical structure, Andy has been continuously stood up to every challenge he is faced with, such as the dreadful beatings he took and the mind-blowing escape he executed. Andy’s pre-prison life consisted of his marriage and his job, a vice-president at a Portland, Maine bank, while his prison life composed of him running the prison library and being the accountant for basically the entire prison, including the warden. To physically describe Andy is not enough; his character is much more profound than his appearance. Andy is a mystery, a paradox to his inmates, never being fully analyzed by anyone, not even Red. I believe Andy is the anomaly of Shawshank, and the only reason why he did not become ‘institutionalized’ like all the other prisoners is because of his hope.
Red was the hustler of the prison got anything you needed and Brooks was the Liberian and was able to deliver items to the inmates while he was making his rounds in the book cart. Both men have lost hope, their lives and identities have been converted to who they are inside of Shawshank. Brooks get released from Shawshank prison first, terrified of the life outside the prison he gets a room in a halfway house and gets a job as a bagger. Brooks living in constant fear, and longing to break his parole so they would send him back home, he decides that he is tired of being afraid, he gets up on a table and carves Brooks was here into the ceiling beam and commits suicide by hanging himself. Red was granted parole and gets the same room at the halfway house as Brooks and gets the same job bagging groceries at the
The good thing won’t last long and can’t get enough view of the satisfaction. But one mistake can flip the life upside down in a matter of second. The movie “Shawshank Redemption”, is written and directed by Frank Darabont is about Andy Dufresne. Andy Dufresne is the main character in the movie who was found guilty and sentenced to two consecutive life terms behind bars at Shawshank Prison for the conviction of his wife and lover murders. No other characters know that the Andy is innocent and falsely sentenced besides him. Andy had a tough time in Shawshank Prison and had to deal with certainty.
Though Shawshank Redemption is not a story of faith, trust, and pixie dust, it still portrays the trials that life presents to everyone. According to IMDb, this is the best movie ever made. This is probably because of how much it teaches, and how many lessons it gives about life while also telling an unforgettable story. Though there are so many themes represented in this movie, the three that are mostly shown are very common, and relatable elements: hope, morality, and friendship. These three themes show what they each can do to a person and what they can do to society. Shawshank Redemption is a phenomenal story of hope, morality,and friendship.
Andy Dufresne was a successful Vice President banker, that was tried and convicted for the murder of his wife and the man whom his wife cheated on. In 1947, Andy was sent to Shawshank to serve two murder charges or two life sentences. Dufresne arrives at Shawshank with a bus full of new inmates and meets the guards and Warden Norton. The first years (two years) are brutal for Andy. He doesn't really have any friends and he is harassed by a group of people called the sisters. Overtime he builds a relationship with Red and the other friends of Red. He shows off his banker skills with Hadley and becomes a pet to the Warden. The Warden helps Andy with harassment from the sisters and excuses labor for him. Officer Hadley ends up beating the sister that assaulted