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Shawshank Redemption Essay

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The film, 'The Shawshank Redemption' is an impressive film where Andy Dufresne's (Tim Robbins, who is a young and successful banker) life changes drastically when he is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of his wife and her secret lover. The film was directed by a very talented man, Frank Darabont. Frank Darabont also directed the films 'Frankenstein', 'Faranheight 451' and 'Young Indiana Jones'. He also directed the film 'Green Mile' which was strangely set in a prison and written by the Novelist Seven King just like 'The Shawshank Redemption.'The main characters in the film include Morgan Freeman - Red, Bob Ganton - the Warden, William Sadler - Heywood. It was set in the 1940's and spans about 20- 30 years in Mainsfield Reformatory in Ohio. The film was nominated for many Oscars, however, it never got a single one! This was because the films, 'Forest Gump', 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Speed' were all out in the same year.In my opinion there are many good points about the film. For example, starting with the tag line of the film, 'FEAR CAN HOLD YOU PRISONER... HOPE CAN SET YOU FREE' this gives you a great message that positive thinking can save you when in trouble, it also could be the moral of the film. The tag line also says that hope is a good thing.The symbolism in the film is also extremely good. In the scene where Andy first escapes from prison and is in the rain is probably where the most amount of symbolism is portrayed. When Andy is spreading his arms out and looking at the sky, it looks like he is in the same position as Jesus was when at the cross being crucified. Also when the lightning hits, it gives rays of light to Andy which looks as if God is watching him and given him the light. The rain could also symbolise God cleansing him and baptising him for all his sins and mostly, as he went to prison innocent, other peoples' sins, just like Jesus. There are also other aspects of symbolism in the film to do with Jesus and the bible for example, the Warden says to Andy while holding the copy of Andy's bible, 'Salvation lies within', when it was meant literally and unknowingly by the warden as the hammer Andy was using to escape from prison was hidden in the bible. Andy was best friends with Red, yet he couldn't tell him that he was getting sexually assaulted by Bogs, this also has some relevance towards the bible, 'He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. (-Isaiah 53:7 NRSV). There are also other symbolisms in the film. The director must have put a lot of effort into the film to show that much symbolism that's why symbolism, is a great point within the film.The way that Darabont showed the passing of time within the film is pretty impressive as well. He picked out little things which had a great impact and meant a lot. For example, near the beginning of the film we...

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