Analysis Of The Movie ' The Shawshank Redemption ' Essay

1002 Words Aug 30th, 2016 5 Pages
In the critically acclaimed movie The Shawshank Redemption, Red, played by Morgan Freeman, said, “There 's not a day goes by I don 't feel regret. Not because I 'm in here, because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then: a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try to talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can 't. That kid 's long gone, and this old man is all that 's left. I got to live with that.” Red’s character speaks these words to a judge and jury in an appeal to be set free. And the sincerity in his voice comes from years of experience in jail, having truly learned from his mistakes. Any kind of mistake can lead to a lifetime of guilt, ending with the need for redemption, and author Khaled Hosseini analyses a similar concept. In The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini uses the character of Amir to demonstrate that man can betray another to achieve a personal goal, but is then haunted by guilt, and then finds redemption for his sins.
When Amir chooses to betray his brother and friend, Hassan, he does so to achieve the goal of gaining affection from his father. In that time in Afghanistan, fighting kites were a very important part of society, and running after the losing kite, along with winning, was a very high honor. While he was running to catch a kite to bring back to Baba to achieve his affection, Amir sees Hassan being raped in an alley, and he thinks over his options. He then decides to…

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