January 8, 2015

THERE WAS ONLY ONE WAY TO REDEEM THE FILM...:

Redeeming Shawshank (Dwight Longenecker, 1/08/15, Imaginative Conservative)

In Shawshank Redemption the surface images and story are exactly the opposite. In the opening scenes of the film we witness the torrid affair of Andy's wife and also Shawshank Penitentiary as a grim, granite hell. Within the first half hour we witness a murderous beating by a prison guard, scenes of homosexual rape, and the daily brutality of life inside.

After setting up the harshness of the prison regime, Andy Dufresne makes friends with an insider called Red. This friendship is the core of the story, and as the film takes us on a roller coaster ride of hope and despair we see the friendship between Andy and Red mature and develop into a powerful expression of deep and mutual respect. Running beside the theme of friendship is a lesson of hope. Andy Dufresne is a dignified and intelligent hero who despite his incarceration, never gives up hope. As G.K. Chesterton said, "Hope is not a virtue unless it is hoping for the hopeless."

As Andy's hopes are dashed time and again we are drawn to the edge of our seat wondering how his story will end and so share at a visceral level the hope he never forgets.

...and that was to have Morgan Freeman find the murder weapon when he dug up the box.

Posted by at January 8, 2015 5:46 PM
  

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