Portryal of Andy as a Symbol of Hope in Shawshank Redemption Essay
1268 WordsJan 5th, 20116 Pages
In 1994, Frank Darabont’s film ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ received a poor reception when released; it only made a $0.3m profit. More recently the film has become known as one of the greatest movies of all time, it has inspired hope in many people, helping them to lose weight, leave abusive marriages and such like. The film is based mainly upon two convicts, and the idea of hope. Andy Dufresne is a ‘Hot Shot Banker’ imprisoned with two life sentences, for the suspected murder of his wife and her lover and ‘Red’ (Morgan Freeman) whom Andy redeems hope in, along with the other convicts, saving them from institutionalisation.
One of the ways in which Andy saves himself is by making projects for himself. The first thing that Andy does is to…show more content…
Red is very reluctant to accept hope, even stating in the film ‘Hope is a dangerous thing; hope can drive a man insane’ and this is expressed through shadows cast on him whilst Andy is shown in the light. This idea of hopelessness exaggerates the redemption of hope expressed later on in the film, an example of this is right at the very start of the film when the man is beaten so badly by the prison guards that he dies, Andy’s asks a key question that nobody can answer; ‘What was his name?’. This hopelessness is then contrasted when the friendships are formed later on in the film, when everybody becomes close, which is confirmed when Andy bargains with the guards and consequently wins three bottles of beer for each of his work mates. Andy’s friends and he are regularly shown laughing together or helping one another to cope, Darabont successfully reflects hope into the eyes of the viewer through these friendships. Gestures such as the harmonica illuminate this point when Red begins to create music.
Music is constantly used in the film as an icon of hope; it is used throughout the whole film in various different ways, to express and exaggerate different emotions that the characters are feeling. We are able to track the change of emotions and the feelings towards the idea of hope that the convicts in Shawshank have, making the build up of hope increasingly noticeable to the viewer. The main use of Music
True Redemption: The Shawshank Redemption Essay
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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…show more content…
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 tarring the roof of one of our own houses. We were the Lords of all Creation. As for Andy, he spent that break hunkered in the shade, a strange little smile on his face, watching us drink his beer...You could argue he'd done it to curry favor with the guards, or maybe make a few friends among us cons. Me, I think he did it just to feel normal again, if only for