Analysis Of The Movie ' The Shawshank Redemption ' Essay

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‘Discuss Darabont’s use of symbolism in the film. Explain some of the significant symbols in the film and what they are used to convey.’

Director Frank Darabont uses symbolism in The Shawshank Redemption to convey messages to the audience. The most significant symbols are freedom, hope, rocks, Christianity and Rita Hayworth. Each of these symbols conveys a different message to the audience. The Shawshank Redemption is about men deprived of freedom who are trying to get their freedom back. Frank Darabont illustrates both spiritual and physical freedom as a dream in Shawshank, something the characters desperately want but can’t ever have, or at least not until the end of the story. Freedom is a state of mind in prison. If the inmates give up their dream of living free then all their hope is lost. This is why in The Shawshank Redemption there are scenes such as the rooftop, Andy playing music and educating Tommy. All these incidents make the inmates feel as though they have some sort of control over their destines and that they are free to dream.

Viewers are originally introduced to the idea of freedom when Andy Dufrense goes to Shawshank Prison. The use of the camera angles demonstrates that as Andy and several other men go under the arch of Shawshank Prison, they go in behind the walls, symbolising that they are saying goodbye to freedom. The record of the two Italian sopranos singing symbolises freedom. Red Redding indicates that ‘those voices soared higher and…

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