Intelligence is the capacity to think and reason clearly and to act purposefully and effectively in adapting to the environment and pursuing one’s goals. (Nevid p. 274) Intelligence can be classified in many different categories, but it can all so be used as a broad term. However according to Howard Gardner there are seven types of intelligence: Musical, Logical-Mathematical, Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Naturalist.
The main character of “The Shawshank Redemption”, Andy Dufresne, is a very intelligent man. The first type of intelligence Andy has is, Linguistic. This type of intelligence would be explained as a person’s ability to understand and use words. It also is how well a person produces it, as in the way they talk and they respond to other’s words. In the movie Andy is teaching an inmate, Tommy Williams to read and write.
Tommy Williams: I don't read so good.
Andy Dufresne: Well. [pause]
Andy Dufresne: You don't read so *well*. Uh, we'll get to that.
- Frank Darabont (Director)
(The Internet Movie Data Base)
He helps Tommy receive his high school diploma. He is also very knowledgeable is the accounting area. This broadens his vocabulary even more.
Before Andy was sent to Shawshank prison he was a highly respectable banker. Being in the banking area and knows his way with numbers also makes Andy has a good intelligence in logical-mathematical. Logical intelligence is being very good with numbers, and the thinking process referring back to the being able to explain things through numbers. It is also being able to comprehend complex problems that are dealing with numbers. In the movie Andy does all of the accounting, banking, and takes for many of the guards and even the Warden. Since Andy is such a good banking, the Warden, Samuel Norton, of the Prison has Andy keeping him from getting caught with dirty money. The warden used the prisoners as slaves