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The Shawshank Redemption Essay

3785 words - 15 pages

In this paper the movie The Shawshank Redemption will be discussed which
is a story of convict Andy Dufresnes, life in prison. In this paper I will be focusing more on the
theme hope. The importance of characters and their behavior in prison will be discussed as
well as the importance of education in prison will also be discussed. The movie is about the life
in incarcenation and the corruption under the boundaries of Shawshank prison.
The Shawshank Redemption. In this movie a banker named Andy Dufresne is
convicted of his girlfriend and her secret lover. He is sentenced to a life term at The Shawshank
State Prison. In prison Andy become friends with Red who is able to smuggle things from
outside. Andy very soon became familiar with the ugly realities of prison life. A corrupt
warden, cruel guards led by Capt. Byron Hadley and inmates who use rape or beatings to show
their existence. After all this Andy has the true hope of innocent, he never cracks. Andy uses his
banking skill to get favors from Warden and the guards. Andy has to do the books for Norton’s
illegal business schemes. In exchange he was improving the prison library and the life of most
of the inmates including Red.
In the article “What a simple library can really mean,” Jeff Little argues that the library in
The Shawshank Redemption is a symbol of hope because library made the
prisoners feel independent. The library gave the prisoners hope of getting educated. Being
educated tells what are you capable off. I agree with Little’s argument but believe that the
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library also demonstrates how Andy never gave up trying to build the library. Andy kept on
writing letters with the hope that one day he would get funding to build the library. Andy was
sent to the prison library where he sets up a make-shift desk to provide services to other guards
with income tax returns and other financial advice. There Andy sees an opportunity to expand
the prison library. He start asking the Maine state senate for funds. He starts writing letters and
sending them every week, it took him few years but eventually it worked and he received some
aid and supply of donated books. After receiving those books and some funds he started writing
two letters a week with the hope that he might start getting more donated books and funds
Andy Dufresne was the main character who struggled to improve the library and to make it a
better and peaceful place in prison. It became a project for him to keep him busy in prison. He
talks about how prison was such a violent place and if they did anything wrong the guards
would beat them close to death. Andy experienced great injustice in prison. Building the library
became the most important project for Andy because he has the hope...

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