Theme of Hope in Shawshank Redemption

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An important theme in Frank Darabont’s film The Shawshank Redemption is hope. The film demonstrates that hope is a good thing and shows the consequences in having and lacking hope. It is important that Darabont’s film showed the theme of hope as it us also important in our lives today because having or lacking in hope affects people personally, nationally and worldwide. In our everyday lives we are presented with cases of people having hope through our own or someone we knows personal experiences and on the news. In most cases, hope is portrayed in a positive light as it helps people get through tough situations. The film makes its viewers think about how having or lacking hope can effect out lives in reality and makes them conclude that having hope is a good and important thing.

In The Shawshank Redemption demonstrates how hope is an important thing to have. We are introduced to Andy du Frense, Red Redding and their fellow prison inmates. Throughout the film Andy has a peaceful and positive disposition and this is because he has hope. Whilst having a conversation with Red, Andy talks about his dreams of what he is going to do with his life when he gets out of prison. Red responds negatively, claiming that “hope can drive a man insane”. Andy replies saying “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing and no good thing ever dies”. This demonstrates that Andy has hope. A consequence of Andy’s hope is that he manages to escape from prison by tunneling through the wall of his prison cell and crawling out a 500 yard sewage pipe to freedom. The Shawshank Redemption shows how hope is a good thing to have as Andy escapes prison because of his hopes to have a nice life outside of prison in a place with no memory, by the Pacific Ocean, Mexico.

Having hope is an important thing for individuals to have because it helps them cope and even survive in tough situations. An example of how hope is important for individuals is when an adventurer – Aron Ralston –...
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