Shawshank Essay

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Justin Nzepuome Mr. Coady English 3 October 21, 2010 The Shawshank Redemption The Shawshank Redemption is consider one of the greatest movies of all time. After the murder of his wife, hotshot banker Andrew Dufresne is sent to Shawshank Prison, where the usual unpleasantness occurs. Over the years, he retains hope and eventually gains the respect of his fellow inmates, especially longtime convict "Red" Redding, a black marketer, and becomes influential within the prison. Eventually, Andrew achieves his ends on his own terms. The most important character in The Shawshank Redemption is Ellis “red” Redding. Red is the most important character in the Shawshank Redemption because without Red it can be believed that Andy might not have grown the way he did or done all of the things he accomplished while in prison. Red symbolizes how prison institutionalized many inmates when they have been in the system as long as him. Institutionalized is to make into, treat as, or give the character of an institution to. Red grew very much throughout his time in the story. He grew in the way he viewed prison life and life in general. He saw how hope can be not as dangerous as once believed and that it is sometimes helpful and makes things seem easier. He also found that with hope good things can happen like when Andy got them beer on the rooftop from the guards. At the end Red is paroled and goes to Mexico to meet the escaped Andrew Dufresne his best friend to live their lives. The Shawshank is a intelligent and powerful movie. This is why it can be consider one of the best prison movies and just movie overall. I would highly recommend people watch this movie if they have never seen it. It was a great movie that can be believed would not have been so powerful without Ellis “Red”

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