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Deconstruction of The Shawshank Redemption

This essay will discuss and deconstruct the technical aspect of the film The Shawshank Redemption the escape scene. It will look in detail at how the Director (Frank Darabont) used sound, editing and lighting to create an effective story. This essay will deconstruct the narrative of the film and give the understanding of how the technical aspects of the scene are important. Andy Dufresne, a young and successful banker whose life changes drastically after he was found guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. A movie is controlled by ideologies and techniques that make an impact in almost every aspect of the narrative.
The film has three main techniques and concepts that make an immediate impact: the walls, lighting, and water.
The Shawshank Redemption is a 142 min long film made in the year 1994. It is a crime/drama film directed by Frank Darabont and is written by Stephen King. It includes well-known actors such as Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and Bob Gunton so that it reaches a mass audience in order to recover their money back and make profit out of the film.
Dufresne escapes from the Shawshank Prison and tricked the warden by covering the hole, which he escaped from with a poster. This demonstrates a powerful message to the audience between the power of the mind against the power of authority, as well as showing a power change between inmate and the warden. The entire scene is gray or a dark shade, from the uniforms to the building itself. The director used different lights to express the characters statuses in the scene e.g. dark shade denote the evil side to the warden's personality, which is portrayed to the audience. This shows hopelessness for the inmates who suffer from the unfair hands of the guards on a daily basis. Darabont did not use any music in this scene; instead he used a diegetic sound so that the audience may focus properly on the prisoners and further exp…

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