Determination In The Shawshank Redemption

794 Words 4 Pages
Determination, defined by Meriam Webster dictionary, is the firm or fixed desire to achieve a certain end. This particular desire is essential as there is a direct correlation between determination and success because it provides the means necessary to overcome obstacles, keep focus and ultimately survive. Throughout the Shawshank Redemption, Frank Darabont's adaptation of the 1982 novella, Rita Heyworth and Shawshank Redemption, an underlining theme of determination is evident in the actions of the protagonist, Andy Dufresne. Despite his adamant claim of innocence, he is found guilty and will serve two life sentences consecutively in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover. Through the course of two decades, …show more content…
Though Andy refrains from becoming institutionalize while in Shawshank Penitentiary, it is his obstinacy and persistence that essentially ensures his humanity. As a threat, institutionalization is a propelling force for Andy. Frank Darabont depicts the outcomes that ensue when a person undergoes institutionalization, he does this with the character Brooks Hatlen. Prior to being released Brooks had been in Shawshank State Penitentiary for fifty years. Shaken after hearing he would be out on parole and no longer in Shawshank he resorts to violence hoping that it would allow him to stay in Shawshank. Witnessed by his friends, they try to comprehend his reaction, Red reasons that in Shawshank “he’s an important man; he’s an educated man. [But] outside he’s nothing.” This length of time in Shawshank has caused him to succumb to institutionalization. The events that transpire once Brooks is no longer in prison depicts what occurs when there is a lack of determination. Darabont portrays Brooks life outside prison as dreadful and meaningless, causing Brooks to commit suicide. Brooks death is significant because it reveals what can happen when institutionalization occurs and develops the

Related Documents