Shawshank Redemption

Topics: The Shawshank Redemption, Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins Pages: 2 (759 words) Published: June 19, 2011
The Shawshank Redemption is a film displaying the impact of being institutionalized and hope and how powerful it is. The film is revolved around two main characters Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) who has been sent to Shawshank prison for the murder of his wife and her lover and Red (Morgan Freeman) who also was sent to Shawshank for murder has been in Shawshank a lot longer than Andy he is referred to as "the man who can get things." The effects of being Institutionalized in this film is in both brooks and Red but more Brooks as he is released on parole. We are first shown the effects of being institutionalized as Brooks holds a knife to Heywood’s throat in an attempt to break his parole. He is scared of the outside world as he has been in prison for most of his life. Then we are shown Brooks in the outside world with Brooks’s voiceover from a letter he wrote to his fellow inmates telling them how hard it is for him to cope on the outside. "Its hard work and I try to keep up, but my hands hurt most of the time". The letter also says how he wants to go home "maybe I should get me a gun and rob the food way so they'd send me home, I could shoot the manager while I was at it, sort of like a bonus". Towards the end of the letter we are shown Brooks carving brooks was here on the roof then hanging himself. The use of Brooks to show the effects of being institutionalized creates sadness in this film considering Brooks’ character, a fragile old man that couldn't hurt anyone, but taking his life due to his fear of the outside world, being institutionalized. But the films main theme of hope is in Andy, considered to be the giver of hope to the prisoners of Shawshank. This is displayed throughout the film. One scene is “The Rooftop” scene. This scene after Andy overhears Hadley, (captain of the guards at Shawshank) while he is talking about his dilemma of inheritance. Andy being the smart banker offers Hadley a solution solving his problem for a small price, three beers a...
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