Shawshank Redemption Essay

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The film and book Shawshank Redemption is a story of a wrongly persecuted banker, Andy Dufresne, where he befriends a fellow convict, Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, both serving time at Shawshank Prison with life sentences. Once at Shawshank, Andy quickly realizes that the prison warden and staff are corrupt and hypocritical which allows him to use his skills as a banker to gain the trust of the prison staff and warden thus allowing him to escape. The novella “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” was written by Stephen King and published in 1982. The film Shawshank Redemption was produced by Niki Marvin and Castle Rock Entertainment directed by Frank Darabont released in1994; casting Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne), Morgan Freeman (Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding), Bob Gunton (Warden Norton), William Sadler (Heywood), Clancy Brown (Captain Byron T. Hadley), Gil Bellows (Tommy), Mark Rolston (Bogs Diamond), and James Whitmore (Brooks Hatlen). Though there are several dissimilarities between the film and book, the largest being found with the wardens, Tommy Williams, and Andy’s money; still allows the viewer to enjoy the film in absence of the missing details from the book. The first difference between the book and the film is the wardens. In the novella the story depicts three wardens (four total) during Andy’s stay in Shawshank were as in the film Warden Norton is the only warden in the prison. In the novella, Warden George Dunahy is the first corrupt warden that is fired for running a discount auto repair service and is the warden responsible for getting Andy started with maintaining the laundered money. Followed by Warden Stammas, who is associated with increased brutality and moonlight burials, he departed Shawshank when investigative reporters started to run a scandal article about the prison. Then Warden Norton, who is in the film as well, ran the inside-out program

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