Essay on Frank Darabont 's Shawshank Redemption

1347 Words Sep 20th, 2016 6 Pages
Humanity has pondered the meaning of life since its first steps—as doing so provides a confounding sense of purpose among the entropy that is the universe. This purpose can help free individuals from their doubt, and pain, and lead them to overcome that which was considered impossible, and all while inspiring the people around them. Within Frank Darabont 's Shawshank Redemption, these ideas are represented by one of the main protagonists of the story—Andy Dufresne, a successful young bank manager wrongfully accused of the murder of his wife, and her lover who had unfaithful relations prior to their murders. Once precocious and successful beyond his years, he is cast away from society. Wrongfully convicted of the aforementioned murder, Dufresne is sent to Shawshank Prison, a maximum security penitentiary in New England. However he simply is not guilty of the crime. Unlike many of the other newcomer inmates, he does not immediately break down from the humiliation caused by the events of the first night in prison. Early in his sentence, he remained mostly to his own devices—detached from many of the other prisoners. After opening up to future lifelong friend Ellis “Red” Redding, a smuggler of various contraband items, Dufresne proves not only to be a good friend, but to be meticulous, and to be unrelenting in his desire to live his severely limited life to it’s fullest.
Andy Dufresne truly tried making the best of the horrific excuse of a life he was forced into. Many of his…

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