The Shawshank Redemption By Frank Darabont Essay

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994), directed and written by Frank Darabont, is a film that takes place in the 1940s and follows Andy Dufresne, who is convicted of multiple sentences for allegedly killing his wife and the man she was cheating on him with, which he denies ever having done. Andy befriends a few inmates and grows close to a man named Red who throughout the film assists Andy with anything he needs. After a number of years, a new inmate arrives who tells Andy a story about a man he knows who killed two people, which match what happens on the night of his wife’s murder. Upon learning this he tells the warden to help clear his name, but since the warden likes having Andy around, he has the inmate killed so Andy can’t ask for a retrial and use his new evidence. After this news, Andy escapes the jail through a hole he dug in his cell that he has worked on since his arrival and goes south of the border to live a free man. This film has been one of my favorite movies for years now because of its excellent story telling of a man’s struggle that takes place over several years, but still manages to answer all your questions effectively. Darabont directs this movie to primarily evoke emotion out of the reader, which is used to draw attention to the problems with the prison and justice systems we face(d). While the movie took place in the 40s, 50s, and beyond, the premise could still be likened to what was happening in the time of the film’s release. Darabont wanted his…

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