Shawshank redemption is more than a film about prison, it is a film about hope, friendship and inhumanity and among other aspects of society . The main character of the film Andy is being accused, tried and convicted wrongly of a double murder that he always confessed his innocent and never lost the hope of that one day his innocent will be proven and he would get his freedom back and he also teaches other prisoners about hope. It is also a film about friendship and human interaction between Andy and Red, where they both help each other out in different ways and his interaction with the various key characters of the prison authorities namely the prison warden, prison guard and member of the police. The film also touched on the inhumanity by showing the corruption with showing examples of illegal violence and fear that the prisoners were exposed to by the warden and guards.
Hope is set throughout the film but the prisoners are afraid of hope, they don’t believe in hope because they think that hope might destroy them, especially Red. But Andy is the opposite, he won’t give up hope, he believes that gives people a reason to live, it’s like a sense of freedom. When Andy receives books from the council, with those books he finds a music cd. He starts to play the cd to himself but then he lock all the doors and start to play the music over the intercom and all the prisoners in Shawskank look up and they feel free. “I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don't want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I'd like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can't be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a grey place dares to dream. 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”....
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