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The Shawshank Redemption

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´╗┐The Shawshank Redemption The Shawshank Redemption is considered to be an extraordinary movie which has received many award nominations and positive reviews from critics. Released in 1994 this film, directed by Frank Darabot, follows the life of Andy Defresne as he is wrongly accused for the murder of his wife and sent to Shawshank Prison for two lifetimes. The film examines the themes of Redemption and Brutality. Through using characters and imagery, Frank Darabot effectively leads the audience into the confronting nature that the prison system?s brutal nature overpowers the prisoners deeming them powerless and that the human spirit can overcome anything even in Shawshank prison when on the road to redemption. Frank Darabot clearly uses the characters of Captain Hadley and the guards to demonstrate the horrific brutality of the prison system and the troubles faced by the prisoners. Frank Darabot portrays Captain Hadley as a ruthless, aggressive, ?Alpha male? type person. ...read more.

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Red and the other fellows replied, ?Andy? Andy! What?s he doing, he?s getting himself killed?. This scene here clearly illustrates that Captain Hadley and the guards are so brutal and vicious that the prisoners are afraid of them, even too afraid to ask for help. This concept leaves the audience to believe that the roles in Shawshank prison have been alternately reversed, making the prisoners the guardians of each other while the guards are the predators who prey on the powerless. Through the use of the characters, Frank Darabot has effectively influenced the audience in believing that the brutality of the prison system is far greater than that of the prisoners and leads the audience to believe how the inmates could survive such a harsh environment. Frank Darabot effectively uses imagery and the characters of Andy Defresne and Red to show the triumph of the human spirit can occur whilst in a place like Shawshank prison in redeeming themselves. ...read more.

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This high angled camera shot coupled with the pouring rain lead the audience to believe that they were god and that they were cleansing Andy of his sins and symbolising a baptism and new life. This concept leaves the audience to believe that it was Shawshank prison itself that redeemed Andy and gave him new life. By using the characters of Andy and Red, Frank Darabot has effectively shown the audience that the human spirit can overcome anything even in a place like Shawshank prison to achieve redemption. After watching The Shawshank Redemption, the audience has been taken on a confronting journey through the world of prison life. The audience has followed the life Andy Defresne as he struggles to survive in Shawshank prison. Through Andy?s journey, the audience has realized that the prison system?s brutal nature overpowers the prisoners deeming them powerless. The audience has also realized that the human spirit can overcome even the most difficult situations on the road to redemption. These ideas lead me to believe that are modern prisons just like that of Shawshank and are they really giving their prisoners a chance to redeem themselves? ...read more.

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