Compare And Contrast The Count Of Monte Cristo And Shawshank Redemption

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The films The Count of Monte Cristo (CMC) and Shawshank Redemption (SSR) share the theme of a man who is unjustly imprisoned for a severe crime; however the two films are truly quite different. Between the films there are a few basic elements that contribute to the theme, such as; the crimes that the protagonists Edmond Dantès and Andy Dufresne are imprisoned for, what the two men wish to do when they escape prison, and the life that they lead after they gain their liberty. At the beginning of CMC, with his ship’s captain in need of a physician, Edmond Dantès journeys to the Italian island of Elba where Napoleon Bonaparte is exiled. As repayment for the medical assistance provided, Napoleon gives Dantès a letter …show more content…
Dufresne tells his best friend, Red, that he wants to live on the Pacific because the locals say that the ocean has no memory, and Dufresne could use a place that can’t remember the bad things that he has done while in prison. As the result of escaping, Dufresne accomplishes his dream of going to Zihuatanejo, Mexico to live a peaceful life. One could say that Dufresne and Dantès had the same goal of seeking an escape from their pain through revenge on those who had hurt them, but Dufresne’s purpose for escaping was so that he could realise his freedom, not obtain revenge upon those who had treated him …show more content…
After he mails the ledger, Dufresne drives to Fort Hancock, Texas, where he sends a postcard to Red, and then he presumably crosses to border into Mexico and goes to live in Zihuatanejo. Although gaining his freedom, Dufresne is unable to live a life that has any semblance to the life that he had before he was sent to prison because his wife, the love of his life, is dead and he was never able to clear his name so he is a known

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