The Shawshank Redemption: Andy Dufresne Essay

1058 words - 4 pages

Shawshank Redemption

Andy Dufresne's whole experience I believe is summed up in the very
important quote that "crawled through a river of shit and came out
clean on the other side." This statement made by Red holds many
different meanings. Andy Dufresne went through many hardships in
"Shawshank" for a crime he never committed which is something no man
should endure.

Andy Dufresne arrived at Shawshank with a very steely look in his eyes
and a look of composure that was misconstrued as a type of arrogance
or mentally weak attitude. Andy knew he didn't belong at Shawshank and
just by his body language he made himself a target to many of the
inmates. Although Red picked Andy is his horse the fist time he saw
him Red obviously didn't think much of Andy and mistook his composure
as a weakness and "looked like a stiff breeze would blow him over".
Andy then the had the Warden lay down the rules and then had Hadley
beats down a prisoner that started the "shit" in prison and Hadley
initiated them with "I believe in two things - discipline and the
Bible. Here you'll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord. Your ass
belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank."

Andy Dufresne witnesses the police brutality shown by Hadley throwing
around his authority and as a 'new fish' has a break down Hadley
severely beat him and that night dies waiting for medical attention in
the 'infirmary'. The guards heavy handed approach was one of the main
hardships in prison when Andy didn't have any favour he nearly got
thrown off a building for questioning Hadley. The police corruption in
'Shawshank' was definitely some of the 'shit' they had to endure when
in prison. If you are not in favour with the guards or Hadley you will
be in a lot of trouble. Andy Dufresne started helping Hadley with him
finances and eventually was a type of financier for the jails guards
and eventually the Warden. Once Andy was the financier he started
getting easier treatment and 'got looked after' by them. In a way Andy
was tarnished by this corrupt role his was playing for the Warden in
which he started laundering money around for Warden.

Once he arrived in jail Andy was targeted by the sisters. Bogs came up
to Andy early and asked if 'anyone is getting at him yet' while Andy
told Bogs he was not a homosexual and walked away. Andy did not
realise how much 'shit' was going to be thrust upon him. 'The sisters'
now had their target set on him especially the leader of the 'sisters'

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