Analysis Of The Movie ' Shawshank Redemption ' Essay

1796 Words Nov 16th, 2016 8 Pages
Shawshank Redemption was a spectacular movie that was about a man named Andy Dufresne. Andy was convicted of murdering his wife and his wife’s lover, he was sentenced to two life terms in the Shawshank Prison. Andy is innocent and finds interesting way to deal with his life in prison until he manages to escape. While in Shawshank, Andy makes a lifetime friend, Red, who will be by his side throughout all of his hardships. Andy and his friends put forth the characteristic of prison subcultures, along with the characteristic of inmate roles. The Shawshank Prison is also seen as a total institution that can institutionalize some of its long time offenders. Right from the start of Shawshank Redemption one can see that most of the inmates portrayed follow strict guidelines put forth by other lifetime inmates. Stohr and Walsh state that subcultures are the norms, values, or beliefs that inmates have in the prison. With the prison being more institutionalized the inmates has less contact with the outside and need to create new rules for themselves (145). These rules can be seen throughout the move, one of the first customs one can see is they way the older inmates treat the new coming inmates. They place bets on who is going to be the first one to break. They wager cigarette on the first new “fish” that will spend the first and most hardest night crying. According to Sykes and Messinger, a “fish” is an inmate that has just arrived and is not yet adjusted to the prison lifestyle…

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