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True Redemption: The Shawshank Redemption Essay

3739 words - 15 pages

Did you ever sit down and think to yourself: What movie should I watch? The answer is The Shawshank Redemption. The story was written by Stephen King, and then Frank Darabont wrote the screenplay and directed the movie. The legendary Morgan Freeman plays Red, and Tim Robbins plays Andy Dufresne. They did an amazing job playing the role that they were supposed to. In this movie, you will be able to see how much of an impact one person can make. How one person showed an inmate that no one should let the prison get to you. Andy Dufresne proved to Red that even in prison you should have hope and dreams for a better future, that way you don’t forget who you are, who you were.
Bars slide open and a door opens for Red. He walks into the room holding his hat with his nervous hands. He stands there until one of the members of the parole board asks him to sit down, to which he promptly replies with a “Yes sir.” When asked whether he has been rehabilitated, Red answers with, “Oh yes sir. Absolutely sir. Mean I learned my lesson. I can honestly say that I am a changed man. And no longer a danger to society. That’s god’s honest truth” (The Shawshank Redemption). Red knows that the parole board wants to hear that the prisoner has been rehabilitated. So that is exactly what he says. He tells them that he has been rehabilitated and that he is no longer a danger to society. But that is not good enough for the judges, because they then stamp his paper with big red REJECTED stamp. So Red leaves and goes back to the prison yard. After seeing this, we start forming different questions like, “…will Red ever change? Ever be ready for parole?” (Johnson). These are important questions to ask, and the answer to them is yes. But he won’t be able to change by himself, he needs help; this is where Andy Dufresne comes in.
At Shashank prison, it took a long while before Andy said a word to anyone. Andy needed something, and he heard of a man that can get things. He needed a rock hammer, and he knew that he would be able to get one from Red, so that’s who he went to talk to. “It wasn’t until a month went by that he finally opened up his mouth to say more than two words to somebody. As it turned out, that somebody was me” (The Shawshank Redemption). Andy is the kind of man that needs to do something with his life. Sitting in jail is constricting him because there isn’t anything that he can do there to be able to enjoy life. This is the reason why Andy requested a rock hammer from Red. Andy needed something that he could grasp onto from his last life so that he wouldn’t forget who he is.
One day while Red and Andy and a few other inmates were tarring the roof, Andy overheard the captain of the prison guards talking about some financial problems. Andy lets him know that he is able to help, and for payment, asks for three cold beers for each of the workers working on the roof.
“We sat and drank with the sun on our shoulders and felt like free men. Hell, we could have been...

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