Social Order In Shawshank Redemption

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The movie, Shawshank Redemption, was set in 1947 and later. In the movie you follow the main character, Andy Dufresne, through his journey at Shawshank Prison. Andy arrives at Shawshank in 1947 because he was accused of murdering his wife and her lover. Andy said he was telling the truth and nobody believed him. He was sentence to jail for two lifetime, one for each person he killed. At Shawshank, Andy meets a man who can get things named Red, as the inmates call him. Red helps Andy get use to the prison walls and keeps him alive his first year.
During his time at Shawshank, Andy was beaten, bruised, spent time in a hole, made friends with the warden and officers, and learned the truth about what happened the night of the murders. A bus load
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In the prison, the inmates’ social order was different from the order outside of the prison. The order inside of the prison was based around a schedule the warden had made. They would wake up, eat, bath, work, socialize, and sleep at certain times. When the inmates socialized, they would normally be in the court yard. They split into many groups and say they were innocent or entertain themselves. Near the middle of the movie, an old inmate, Brooks, that has been at Shawshank for his whole life gets released. He was so scared because he did not know how to act in the real world. Finally, Brooks had had enough of being afraid and hung himself in a room he was renting. This sence shows how different the social order in the prison was to the social order in the rest of the world. The warden had social control over the inmates. If they did not listen to him, he would put them in the hole or have the guards beat them to near death. Under the warden, were the Sisters, which were three inmates that would mess with and/or beat up the other …show more content…
A negative sanction is an expression of disapproval for breaking a norm. A positive sanction is the opposite, it is a reward for following the norms. We can see the form of a negative sanction when Andy is sent to prison for two life times. He broke the norm, so, he was being punished. Another time we see a negative sanction is when the inmates are thrown into the hole. The inmates did not listen to the warden, so, he put them in the hole for up to two months. A positive sanction can be seen when the inmates are working on the roof of a building and receive beers. This was a result of Andy offering to help the guards with financial business, which soon becomes his job at the prison.
In conclusion, The Shawshank Redemption is a great example of deviance, crime, stigmas, social order and control, and positive and negative sanctions. The movie shows gives us an insight into the life of prisoners during 1947. It shows how bad the conditions were and somethings can stick with you for life. It, also, shows how much prisons have changed since then. So, be careful when making decision because you don’t want a negative stigma following

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