Shawshank Redemption

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Eric Shaw
2012/SP Human Relations in Bus (BUS-22-3181)
Extra Credit
The Shawshank Redemption
On the surface the plot of the movie appears to be about, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a banker in Maine, who is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, a golf pro. Due to the heinous nature of the crime, and Andy’s measured and dispassionate demeanor, he is given two life sentences to be served out at Shawshank Prison. As the story line continues, the movie watcher is lead through the many trials and tribulations Andy must endure to eventually secure his escape through a meticulous series of calculated events, masterfully implemented by Andy. “Hope” was an obvious choice as I attempted to condense the movie into one word. As I dug deeper, the word “courage” began to be surface as an overall arching depiction of the film. After reading chapter 1(Understanding Behavior, Human Relation, and Performance) in our text book, I came to the conclusion that the one word that best described The Shawshank Redemption was in fact “Leadership”. To judge Andy solely based on his appearance, one would think him to be weak, soft or timid as evidence by the wager of an entire pack of cigarettes Red (the character played by Morgan Freeman) wagered on Andy that he would break down and cry the first night of Andy’s incarceration at Shawshank. Red lost that bet. Andy never made a sound. This was first demonstration of Andy’s leadership qualities. He did not let external circumstance alter his character. He simply accepted his current circumstances and adapted immediately. All successful long tenured CEO’s must eventually deal with what appears to be insurmountable challenges. Andy faced 2 life sentences. He endured viscous beatings and repeated raping’s over the course of two years. To add injury to insult, he was forced to break the law in servitude to a heartless man (Warden Norton) who had ordered the murder of Tommy, a good friend of Andy’s. When the opportunity...
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