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. Frank Darabot has used Andy to show the redemption journey of Red. At the beginning of the film, Frank Darabot portrays Red as an Institutionalised zombie who cares for no one and helps other inmates only as a way of passing time and to make personal connections with others. Red is healed from his despairs by Andy’s hope in the face of suffering. By assisting and observing Andy’s work on rehabilitating the prison and the inmates, Red learns to start caring for himself and life itself again. Through all of this however, Red is truly redeemed when he admits to his sins and wrongdoings at the parole board. This concept fits in with the bible verse of “… and the truth will set you free”. This leads the audience to believe that Andy was Red’s saviour in redeeming himself. Frank Darabot extends this concept further with the redemption of Andy Defresne. At the start of the film Frank Darabot portrays Andy, just like with Red, as a misleading person who has been remarked as, ‘icy and remorseless” who drove his wife to another man. Andy’s redemption came in the face of Shawshank prison. Andy was able to redeem his wrongdoings by helping his fellow inmates and by rehabilitating the prison. Shawshank gave Andy a chance to be a different man from the unhappy, alcoholic, money grubbing man he was prior to his wife’s murder. Apart from Andy’s redemption while incarcerated, Andy was fully redeemed once he escaped Shawshank. To show Andy’s redemption the director used a cinematic technique call “Redemption in the Rain”. 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?