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Analysis of Shawshank Redemption

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The movie of the Shawshank Redemption is based on a short story by
Steven King. The movie shows how prison life affects prisoners during
their sentence in jail and after when they are released. The director
concentrates mostly on the personal cost of adapting to prison life
and how some convicts, once they conform, lose the ability to survive
beyond the barbed wire and iron bars. As a character puts it, ‘These
[prison] walls are funny. First you hate them, then you get used to
them, then you start to depend on them.’ The director shows us to what
extent prisoners can be made to ‘depend on them’. The two episodes
that I will analyse are examples of two different ‘paths’ prisoners
can take once released from prison. One is to survive and live their
life, another is to give up and end it. In the movie Red, a prisoner
at Shawshank says, ‘get busy living or get busy dying’. This quote
plays an important role in the movie because Red and Brooks, two
important characters who get out of jail have to make the choice to
either ‘g...

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death. Red, on the other hand, had hoped, and hope had led him to
freedom, to happiness, to redemption.

Through the themes and the cinematic decisions applied in these two
episodes the director has made these vital to the understanding of the
movie. He has given two examples of the extreme situations to which
prisoners go depending on their emotions. One of the emotions is yet
one of the main themes of the movie, hope, and in my opinion it has
been brought up extremely effectively.

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