"The Shawshank Redemption" has a religious theme throughout the film as the warden only believes in two things "discipline and the Bible" and when the warden first speaks to Andy he quotes from the Bible "Salvation lies within" which isn't mentioned again in the film until Andy escapes and the warden reads it in the inner cover of the bible which also Andy kept his rock hammer in which was the tool Andy used to create the hole in his cell for him to escape. Now Andy a character which throughout the film has been seen as an imagery of Christ, as he is different from the other prisoners "he had a quiet way about him, a walk and a talk that just wasn't normal around here". He made a difference which benefitted himself and the other prisoners and showed that even just one person can do a lot if they have determination and most importantly hope.
well he started out as a victim of injustice, being falsely imprisoned. then that pattern continued when he was abused by other inmates, and exploited by the warden. his relationship with Morgan Freeman's character helped him to feel as though he had an ally, and a young illiterate inmate who he personally helped get a HS education gave him a purpose in prison. but, that man was murdered in a prison-official conspiracy, and that, you could say, was his real catalyst for change. from then on, he decided to use his circumstances to his own advantage. his patience, determination, and wits got him through an elaborate escape plan. he went out to pursue his real dream: refurbishing boats on an island with his best friend.
really, he went from a man who was letting life lead him any which way, and bringing him down, to someone who use everything he had to get his freedom. Red represents institutionalisation in this film. In “Shawshank Redemption” Red is seen as an institutionalised man “I am an institutionalised man now”. He has been in prison for about 40 years; he relies on the day-to-day routine of the prison. Red had...
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