Analysis Of Movie ' Shawshank Redemption ' Essay

995 Words Sep 24th, 2015 4 Pages
There are a number of conflicts Frank Darabont used to show institutionalisation in the film Shawshank Redemption. This is shown in physical, verbal, internal conflict between the prisoners, guards and the warden.
Conflict can be found in the form of physical violence. At Shawshank prison physical violence was not only common between the inmates but the guards were also violent toward the prisoners. The first few years Andy was at Shawshank Red’s voice over stated he would, “every so often, turn up with fresh bruises”. This went on for a long time on a regular base. The “sisters” who were responsible for this violence abused other inmates such as Andy, quite frequently as a way to keep themselves satisfied from the boring repetitive institutional life. It had become their hobby to help the time pass. Young Tommy was unfairly shot by one of the Shawshank prison guards because he knew of some evidence that would prove Andy was innocent. This displeased the warden and he saw Tommy as a threat to his scams of using Andy as free labour. The warden therefore had him shot and explained to Andy who is seen curled up in a corner of a dark cell in a low angled shot, “it broke poor captain Hadley’s heart to shoot him”. This shows that even the guards have been institutionalised to do exactly what the warden tells them to. When Brooks is due to be released from Shawshank prison after serving his sentence he attempts to kill another prisoner. In the dialogue shows he is talked out of it…

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