Week 3 Assignment Shawshank Redemption Karri Hackley Eng 225 May 22, 2012 The movie, The Shawshank Redemption (1994), is based on a character Andy Dufresne. Andy is a young and successful banker who is sent to Shawshank Prison in 1947, for murdering his wife and her secret lover. He is given two life sentences and sent to the notoriously harsh Shawshank Prison. Andy always claims he is innocence, but his cold and measured demeanor led many to doubt his word. While the new group of inmates is coming into the prison, a group of established prisoners decides to take a bet on who will “crack” first.
He is a young banker who is convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to life at Shawshank State Prison. Here he befriends Red. The film is told from Red’s point of view. Red battles against institutionalisation and Andy tries to instil hope in him. “Fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free” sums up the major themes of the film.
On December 29, after three long years, finally would be some justice served for the brutal killings of Micheal Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andre Goodman. All three men had yet to reach the age of twenty-five when they were murdered for being civil rights workers. The crime was performed in an “old-fashion lynching,” by numerous White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi (Linder). These members consisted of Neshoba County Sheriff, Lawrence Rainey, Cecil Price his deputy, and seventeen others. This crime was a tragedy that took place after the men were lied to, placed in jail for no reason, then released and lured to a dam site at the Old Jolly Farm.
Rodney King had reached a settlement worth 4 million dollars and later on two of the four officers were sent to prison and the other two were acquitted. In TKAM Tom Robinson was sentenced to prison for alleged rape and was sentenced for death. Tom Robinson’s trial wasn’t really a fair one because the whole jury was twelve white men which were biased toward the victim. Tom Robinson was sent to a local prison house to be detained until he goes to the federal prison but he escaped that night and was shot by one of the officers in charge there while he was running. Tom Robinson’s case was an example of injustice due to the fact that the jurors had not gathered any evidence that proved Tom Robinsons guilt, Atticus had proved the court wrong but that was not enough for a racist and biased group of jurors to allow Tom Robinson to leave freely.
Right off the bat these boys weren’t given a fair trial; they were given an alcoholic as a lawyer. Even though there was medical evidence that pointed towards rape, all nine boys were convicted and put on trial, just like Atticus proved Tom Robinson was innocent and the one who beat Mayella was Mr. Ewell (Altman). In 1955, Emmett Till, a fourteen year old boy, was kidnapped at gunpoint by two white men after Till supposedly said, “Bye baby,” to a white store clerk. His body was then found in the Tallahatchie River with a bullet in his head and there was evidence that he had been heartlessly beaten. Even with all the evidence against the two white men, they were cleared of all the charges by an all-white jury.
He was first arrested at age 18 after he stole $3.50 in coins from a local post office. Three years later he was arrested for a payroll robbery on September 16, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri and was sentenced to five years in prison, of which he served three and a half.  When paroled, Floyd vowed that he would never see the inside of another prison. Entering into partnerships with more established criminals in the Kansas City underworld, he committed a series of bank robberies over the next several years; it was during this period that he acquired the nickname "Pretty Boy." According to one account, when the payroll master targeted in a robbery described the three perpetrators to the police, he
The Shawshank Redemption is a film based on the Stephen King novel “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”. It is based on the imprisonment of a thriving young accountant named Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins. He is sent to prison for the murder of his late wife and her lover. Andy is enrolled in Shawshank prison, a disheartening place where hostility from both the prison guards and inmates is not only tolerated but quite common. While Andy is serving his sentence he comes across a man named Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, played by Morgan Freeman.
Along with being involved in drugs and alcohol Malcolm and his good friend Malcolm “Shorty” Jarvis became involved with burglary while they were in Boston, Massachusetts. Malcolm Little was known by his friends and family as Red for the color of his hair. In 1946 Red and Shorty were sentenced to 10 years of hard labor in a maximum security prison. Malcolm was paroled after serving 7 years. While in prison Malcolm spent the first few months in solitary confinement.
Bennett Barbour In 1978, a man named Bennett Barbour was convicted of rape and spent 4.5 years in prison until finally proven innocent by DNA testing performed by The Virginia Department of Forensic Science’s post conviction testing project. On February 7, 1978, a student that was 19 years old, that attended William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, was raped in her fiancé’s apartment held at gunpoint. Soon after the rape happened, the victim alerted the police. When investigators arrived at the apartment, the victim described the assailant as 5’ 6” and weighed about 145 pounds. After a week had passed since the crime, the victim was shown photos that had possibly matched the description that was given to the investigators.
The movie “12 angry man“ is about the discussion of a jury that has to decide about the destiny of an 18 year old man who is accused to have murdered his own father. The delinquent has an immigrant background and grew up under difficult family circumstances in the slums. He has a long criminal record and at first sight all the facts seem to support that he committed the crime. If the jury comes to the conclusion that there is no reasonable doubt about the guiltiness of the young man he will receive a lifelong sentence in prison and eventually even the death penalty. At the beginning of the jury discussion an initial vote reveals that 11 jurors think the delinquent is guilty and only juror 8 votes for not guilty.