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    “Hew out of the mountain of despair to a stone of hope, and you can make your life a splendid one.” This is my grandfather’s favorite quote. He kept saying that to me when he tried to pass on his life experience to me. Not paid much attention to it, I never thought that hope is the power to wake up my sleepy potentials. It was not until have seen the Shawshank Repetition directed by Frank Darabont that I realized how the hope can motivate me when I suffered. I developed constant sense of hope from the Shawshank Repetition. It was chilly spring night when I was returning from my grandfather’s grave. It has been six months since he passed away peacefully. Earlier on that night, my parents told me that we might soon be leaving China to go to the United States. I was lost for a time, having no aware of what did this mean to me. I walked aimlessly along the beautifully landscaped paths of the riverside. I looked up into the firmament, listening for a rare sound of flowing river, sniffing the moist air. It was a clear, scant-started night when the moon was near its fullness. I didn’t make any sound, not knowing how long I stayed there; it could have been one or two hours, maybe longer. I almost wept with a disconsolate sadness when I realize was about to leave the place where I was grown and born. I appreciate the custom and culture here. Despite scarce material possessions, people still live happy lives with what they have. During my time in China, I spent a great deal of time…

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    What idea does Frank Darabont, the director and screenwriter for The Shawshank Redemption, explore in his film? What cinematic techniques does he use/manipulate in order to portray these ideas?

Interview Host: Today I am joined by the director and screenwriter of the internationally acclaimed motion picture The Shawshank Redemption, Mr. Frank Darabont. The film is accompanied by numerous accolades, seven Academy Awards nominations and two Golden Globe nominations, cementing its status as a…

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    The Film The Shawshank Redemption a about Andy DuFresne, an innocent man who is sentenced a life sentence after being framed for killing his wife and her lover. Once Andy gets to Shawshank prison he sees the how hope and fear can dramatically affect the outcome of any situation. People who fear often lack self-confidence and motivation making every obstacle harder. Allowing people just like Warden Norton and Heywood to use fear to control people with intimidation and violence. While…

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    The movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is about a prisoner McMurphy, a disobedient free spirit crash into a mental institution and try to escape hard labour work in work farm. The character of McMurphy highly conflicted with the institution system and reveal the characteristics of total institution, including do everything in the same place, total control of inmate’s live and surveillance. Besides, his difference within the inmates and his impact on them allow us to picture the moral career…

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    Shawshank Redemption was a spectacular movie that was about a man named Andy Dufresne. Andy was convicted of murdering his wife and his wife’s lover, he was sentenced to two life terms in the Shawshank Prison. Andy is innocent and finds interesting way to deal with his life in prison until he manages to escape. While in Shawshank, Andy makes a lifetime friend, Red, who will be by his side throughout all of his hardships. Andy and his friends put forth the characteristic of prison subcultures,…

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    Shawshank Redemption is a movie that contains many different criminal justice themes, as well as many important life lessons. The movie allows for the audience to see an innocent man being punished by the criminal justice system, the brutal life inside prison, and the harsh reality for criminals once they are released from prison and try to re-acclimate to society. The movie brings to light several criminal justice themes and the truths behind them that are usually unseen to the general…

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    Shawshank Movie Analysis

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    This movie shows us the hope that Andy Dufresne had with him the whole time he was in prison. It is the hope that we find Søren Kierkegaard and Albert Camus talk about – existentialist hope. After having read on the philosophies of the two existentialists, I started to realize how I could see that hope being portrayed in this movie. Existentialism is focused on human existence and how to become fully human. For Kierkegaard, to exist means to stand out which was exactly what Andy did a few…

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    Witness is the famous American movie directed by Peter Weir in 1985 which the story starts with the witness of a brutal murder happened in the bathroom of New York City station by a little Amish boy named Samuel Lapp. Through the investigation of the incident with the policeman, John Book, Samuel and his mother, Rachel, the viewers encounter the plain life led by blackclad Amish people. People there had a lifestyle which the “American” experienced a few decades ago, for example, riding horses…

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    The author Stephen King is well known for writing books meant to entertain an audience. The Shawshank Redemption is one of these. It is a fiction book belonging mainly to the crime genre, but it fits in the drama or thriller genres as well. The book follows a banker named Andy in his late 20's who was accused of murdering his wife, and the man she was cheating with. Although the man was innocent he was found guilty and sentenced to two life sentences in Shawshank Prison. The story is used to…

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    “The Meaning of Life” Shawshank Redemption, directed by Frank Darabont The meaning of life can have different meanings, depending on who is trying to find life’s meaning; life is principally about living, not just surviving. The Shawshank Redemption is about pain, suffering, and oppression, and yet, as the movie continues; it becomes apparent that it is also about relationships, perseverance, and hope. Andy Dufresne, is a character who is sentenced for life in prison, for a crime he did not…

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