Books and Movies Reviews

Shawsank Redemption

“The Shawshank Redemption” is a unique movie which involves many
different personalities and underlying themes.The personalities of the
inmates are very interesting and when combined they create a fascinating
plot, which gives a different perspective of prison life.The main
characters are Andy Dufrense (Tim Robbins) and Eliss “Red” Redding (Morgan
Freeman).Additional characters such as the wise and simple old man,
Brooks (James Whitmore), and the evil warden help to enrich the movie,
giving it unequaled depth into the psychological aspects of prison life.
The personalities of the Shawshank prison combine to form a community of
sorts.This movie shows prisons not only as a place where murderers and
thieves live, but also as a commune of people who have had problems and who
are attempting to rehabilitate themselves.
The story revolves around Andy who is convicted of murdering his
wife and her lover in 1946, and who is then sentenced to life in prison.
He is sent to the Shawshank prison, the state prison in Maine, which is
known for its harshness.One does not know if it is Andy who committed the
murder of his wife and her lover.What is learned though, is that he is
not ready for prison and honestly doesn’t seem like a man who would survive.
His thinking going into prison is just to survive and blend in.He’s a
wise man who competently deals with what the justice system has served him.
He is normal on the outside but emotionally tormented on the inside.Andy
is a very complex character who displays introverted tendencies, keeping
his feelings to himself and never allowing anyone beyond his stoic exterior
Andy’s friendship with Red begins in a most peculiar manner.Andy
asks for a rock hammer, which Red dutifully gets for him.Red, knowing
that Andy is vulnerable, gets him on tar duty and takes him under his wing.
The friendship is very unique and they bot…

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