The Shawshank Redemption

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“The Shawshank Redemption” is a 1994 drama film based on the novel “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” by American Author Stephen King. It tells the story of Andy Dufresne a banker who spends nearly two decades in prison for the murder of his wife. During his time in Shawshank correctional facility Dufresne, portrayed by Tim Robbins, harbours the ambition to escape and start a new life for himself. He achieves this through his intelligence and people skills to eventually escape. A good example of Andy’s cunning of his surroundings is when he and some of his fellow inmates are working on the roof and he overhears one of the guards financial problems. Andy promises to help the guard in exchange for, “All I ask is three beers apiece for each of my co-workers. I think a man workin' outdoors feels more like a man if he can have a bottle of suds. That's only my opinion.” Initially it appears Andy is doing this selflessly whereas infact he is already forming the beginnings of his eventual escape by not only proving his worth to the guards but also by gaining the trust of his fellow inmates by getting them beer. This shows how Andy is using his surroundings to develop his ambition of escape as he will need to be on the good side of both the guards and the other prisoners. Another case of Andy’s use of his settings to attain his escape ambitions is when he begins to launder money for the warden on a much larger scale, “There's a river of dirty money running through this place...I channel it, filter it, funnel it - Stocks, securities, tax-free municipals - I send that money out into the real world and when it comes the time Norton retires, I will have made him a millionaire.” Here the word choice emphasizes how much work Andy is putting into his scheme. “channel it, filter it, funnel it”, These words suggest careful processes that require a

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