Essay about The Shawshank Redemption By Frank Darabont

1331 Words Sep 2nd, 2015 6 Pages
Based on a novel by Stephen King, the film ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ directed by Frank Darabont, follows a hotshot banker (Andy Durferne) who is wrongly accused of the murder of his wife and his wife 's lover. During Andy’s back to back life sentences at Shawshank prison in 1947. He uses his banking skills to gain favours with the warden and a few of the guards. Andy does this in order to build a prison library and renew a sense of hope and dignity to the other inmates. After serving an arduous 19 years in the hands of the corrupt and insane warden, Andy ultimately breaks out of prison. This empowering story made me consider bigger social issues such as, people who are falsely convicted and prison rehabilitation. Some themes that were prominent in the film were freedom, institutionalism and hope. Through the injustice and suffering Andy still held onto the hope that one day he would be free. The theme of freedom is demonstrated in a number of ways, for example through skilful camera angles. Throughout the film, shots were often framed by doors and windows, signalling imprisonment. In contrast, we see aerial shots, which are utilised to show liberation and freedom. Andy’s last time outside of the prison, the director chose to use an aerial shot of the whole prison. I think Darabont does this to highlight just how bleak and daunting the building really is, also how Andy is losing his freedom. Another example is when Andy plays opera to the inmates on the prison microphone;…

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