Analysis: The Shawshank Redemption

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You Reap What You Sow Everyday people do wonderful things to make the world a better place, and others do horrific actions that serve only themselves. No matter which route you choose to go, good or bad, you will reap the consequences of your actions. Life is like gardening, if you sow good seeds you will in turn be rewarded with good crops, and if you sow bad seeds your crops will be bad. Your past actions will determine your future karma, one cannot commit wrongful actions and expect blessings in the future. The way you treat people and the choices you make will always come full circle. The movie The Shawshank Redemption, directed by Frank Darabont, is themed around this. The characters Andy Dufrense (Tim Robbins) and Warden Samuel Norton …show more content…
Living an amicable lifestyle will always lead to blessings in the future, Andy Dufrense was tragically sent to Shawshank State prison to serve two consecutive life sentences for killing his wife and her lover after discovering she was having an affair. This was a huge injustice to both him and his late wife, because he was innocent of these crimes. Despite being robbed of his life as a successful banker, Andy did not give up hope that he would be free again, nor did he let this bad stroke of luck make him resentful. While in prison he was a benevolent man, and did many acts of kindness. Eventually when the time was right he was able to reap the benefits of sowing those good seeds. It all started when Andy overheard Capt. Byron Hadley complaining about his inheritance being taxed, and offered to help him. His only request was to award the crew that tarred the roof of the license plate factory beer, after they had completed their job. Andy did not drink, he had …show more content…
Doing selfless deeds increase one’s blessings. On the other end of the spectrum, if one only looks out for oneself, the result will be very negative. We must nurture our lives, and the people that surround us, like we care for flowers in a garden. Not doing unto others as we would like to be treated will only result in bad karma. The Shawshank Redemption made an example of two men and depicted how their choices in life were the result of one of their rise and the other’s demise. Andy was sent to prison for a crime he did not do, but did not let that make him bitter towards other people. Instead he chose to be kind to other inmates, without asking for anything in return. Those good deeds lead to his rise, and he was able to escaped through his tunnel and rise victorious. Warden Norton, portrayed himself to the media and the outside as a strict Christian who follows the way of God, but in reality is a very self-serving

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