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To help steer the discussion, here is a plot summary from IMDb: InAndy Dufresne Tim Robbinsa banker in Maine, is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, a golf pro. He is given two life sentences and sent to the notoriously harsh Shawshank Prison.
Andy always claims his innocence, but his cold and measured demeanor led many to doubt his word. During the first night, the chief guard, Byron Hadley Clancy Brownsavagely beats a newly arrived inmate because of his crying and hysterics.
The inmate later dies in the infirmary because the prison doctor had left for the night. Meanwhile Andy remained steadfast and composed. Ellis Boyd Redding Morgan Freemanknown as Red, bet against others that Andy would be the one to break down first and loses a considerable amount of cash.
About a month later, Andy approaches Red, who runs contraband inside the walls of Shawshank. He asks Red to find him a rock hammer, an instrument he claims is necessary for his hobby of rock collecting and sculpting. Red believes Andy intends to use the hammer to engineer his escape in the future but when the tool arrives and he sees how small it is, Red puts aside the thought that Andy could ever use it to dig his way out of prison.
During the first two years of his incarceration, Andy works in the prison laundry. Though he persistently resists and fights them, Andy is beaten and raped on a regular basis. During the job Andy overhears Hadley complaining about having to pay taxes for an upcoming inheritance. Drawing on his expertise as a banker, Andy lets Hadley know how he can shelter his money from the IRS, turning it into a one-time gift for his wife.
Though he at first threatens to throw Andy off the roof, Hadley, the most brutal guard in the prison, agrees, providing the men with cold beer before the job is finished. Soon after, Andy once more encounters the Sisters and is brutally beaten, putting him in the infirmary for a month. Boggs Mark Rolstonthe leader of the Sisters, spends a week in solitary.
When he comes out, he finds Hadley and his men waiting in his cell. When Andy gets out of the infirmary, he finds a bunch of rocks and a poster of Rita Hayworth in his cell: The warden meets with Andy and sends him to work with aging inmate Brooks Hatlen James Whitmore in the prison library, where he sets up a make-shift desk to provide services to other guards and the warden himself with income tax returns and other financial advice.
Andy sees an opportunity to expand the prison library; he starts by asking the Maine state senate for funds. He writes letters every week. Not long afterward, Brooks, the old librarian, threatens to kill another prisoner, Heywood, in order to avoid being paroled.
Andy is able to talk him down and Brooks is paroled. He goes to a halfway house but finds it impossible to adjust to life outside the prison.Only in this new culture of rapid film consumption and instant web response can a film like The Shawshank Redemption rise the ranks of .” (A) Though King’s original story had Red as a white Irishman, Darabont liked Freeman so much that he changed the character to an I embarked on an analysis of Shawshank‘s directorial.
Read an in-depth analysis of Red. Andy Dufresne - The protagonist. The former vice president of a bank in Portland, Maine, Andy is thirty years old when he arrives at Shawshank and approximately fifty-eight when he escapes.
Andy Dufresne - The main protagonist in Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption and the film adaptation The Shawshank Redemption.
Bogs Diamond - A member of The Sisters, a bull queer group. Brooks Hatlen - The librarian of the prison starting in until being granted parole. In The Shawshank Redemption this point-of-view can be found in the friendship between Red and Andy. From Red’s point-of-view and the point-of-view of everyone trapped in the prison the problem of Shawshank appears to be an overabundance of support.
From the point-of-view of Andy the problem looks like stifling control. - Analysis of the Trailer of The Shawshank Redemption The Shawshank Redemption is a powerful, moving, meaningful movie which is all about hope and full of .
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