Film Analysis: The Shawshank Redemption

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The Shawshank Redemption is a timeless classic released in October 1994. The movies basis was taken from a Novella written by Stephen King. Notable cast includes Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, and Bob Gunton. Accused of murdering his wife and her lover Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two life sentences at Shawshank prison in 1947. After spending several months at Shawshank, Dufresne develops a friendship with Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman) that lasts a lifetime. During Their stay at Shawshank the two must overcome the many obstacles of prison life. With his banking background and education, Dufresne improves the quality of life for the inmates and guards by building a prison library and teaching
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Instead it spider webs out into many different smaller stories that all come back together in the end. First you have Dufresne’s storyline which is the main line. All of the other character interaction stories branch off the mainline then come back at some point. One of these stories is the story of Brooks Hatlen (James Whitmore) when he gets parole. His story is written by letter to the inmates about the outside world. He becomes distraught about being free and how he wants to go back to prison to which he calls home. Hatlen ultimately ends his life due to the stress of being outside the prison walls. Redding’s story mostly overlaps Dufresne’s. When Dufresne’s story ends, Redding’s story continues on and faces the same reality Hatlen had faced years before thus intertwining the storylines. The films main ideal is time. Time is shown to the audience as both positive and negative. Serving a life sentence Redding says that when you serve life that is what they take from you. Time slowly eats away at the inmates as the audience views as the characters age over forty years. Time can be a good thing as well. In the scene where Dufresne receives his books from the senate for his library after writing a letter a week for six years.
The Shawshank Redemption is a film masterpiece. It appeals to the emotions and envelopes you into the film. You start to grow and develop with the character and feel the hardships they face. I Recommend this movie to anyone if they enjoy a riveting story with many twists and

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