The Shawshank Redemption Is A Prison Drama

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The Shawshank Redemption is a prison drama that has many intriguing aspects. From the fascinating character of Andy Dufresne to the sympathy of the viewer for the inmates, Frank Darabont, the director of the film, draws in all types of people. He does the job of entertaining his audience while teaching a main lesson throughout the film. Now each viewer will have his or her own opinion on what the main lesson may be, but hope is the most significant quality of the movie. It is important that Frank included this aspect of the film due to the setting in which it takes place. Often times, hope is nowhere to be found in the environment of a prison but rather one would find anger and angst. Rather than focusing on hope as an entirety, it is best to look at hope within each individual person. This helps the viewer understand the smaller picture before the much larger one. The idea of hope stands above the rest by showing how Brook 's lack of hope led him to his downfall, how Andy never lost hope, and how Red found new hope when he could see none at first.
Brooks’ hope, or lack of hope, is not introduced when you first meet him. As there is initially little information given to the viewer of Brooks, Andy starts to spend more and more time with Brooks because he is moved to the library where Brooks is assigned by the prison. After a period of time, Brooks seems to have gone crazy. He ends up holding a prison shank to another inmate’s neck so he does not get released from prison…

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