Theme of Hope in Shawshank Redemption Essay

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Question: Analyse how specific techniques were used to portray inspiring ideas in a visual or oral text. In the film, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, directed by Frank Darabont, an inspiring idea of ‘hope’ was portrayed through the use of film techniques. In this essay, I will analyse how the inspiring idea of ‘hope’ in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ is portrayed through the use of both visual and verbal film techniques. The main character in the film, Andy Dufresne was sent to prison with two life sentences for the murder of his wife and her lover. Andy helped to portray the inspiring idea of hope through his words and actions. The film techniques I will explore are dialogue, music and symbolism. During the …show more content…
The use of music is another film technique, which was used to portray the inspiring idea of ‘hope’. One example is when Andy locks himself in a room and broadcasts opera music through out the prison. All the inmates stop to listen, mesmerized by the voice of the woman opera singer. Some of the men had not heard a woman’s voice for over a decade, and to hear one suddenly catches their attention, making the men feel free, giving them hope. Andy not only gives his friends and fellow inmates a sense of the hope that was neglected, but uses their hope to build his own. The opera music signifies freedom and hope so that the entire prison could feel the music. Red says, “…It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.” From this quote we can see that Andy reminds all the prisoners of the hope which was once forgotten. In the film, ‘Shawshank Redemption’, different film techniques were used to convey a deeper meaning than the surface story. Upon closer analysis the viewer can see that dialogue, music and symbolism all contribute to the inspiring theme of ‘hope’. A deeper meaning of hope and how it is shown through techniques is understood; therefore more can be taken from

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