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conflicts in the Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Transcript of conflicts in the Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
About the Movie
Screenplay and Direction : Frank Darabont
Based on a short story
"Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption"
by Stephen King
Capt. Byron Hadley
Warden Samuel Norton
Released in the year 1994
Seven Academy Awards Nominations
Plot of the Movie
The story of the movie takes place in the year 1947. Andy Defresne (a banker) is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences at the fictional Shawshank State Penitentiary.
In the prison Andy befriends Ellis Red, an inmate serving a life sentence. Red procures a rock hammer and later a large poster of Rita Hayworth for Andy
Working in the prison laundry, Andy is regularly assaulted by the "bull queer" gang "the Sisters" and their leader, Bogs.
In 1949, Andy overhears Byron Hadley, the captain of the guards, complaining about being taxed on an inheritance and offers to help him to legally shelter the money.
Andy meets an elderly inmate Brooks Hatlen and starts his new job as the assistant of the prison library.
In 1954, after Brooks was paroled, Andy became the librarian and improves the decaying prison library.
Brooks hangs himself as he cannot adjust to the outside world after staying in the prison for fifty years.
In 1963, Norton begins exploiting prison labor for public works, profiting by undercutting skilled labor costs and receiving kickbacks. He has Andy launder the money using the alias Randall Stephens.
In 1965, Tommy Williams is incarcerated for burglary. He joins Andy's and Red's circle of friends, and Andy helps him pass his G.E.D. exam. In 1966, Tommy reveals to Red and Andy that an inmate at another prison claimed responsibility for the murders Andy was convicted of, implying Andy's innocence. Andy approaches Warden Norton with this information, but the warden refuses to listen and sends Andy back to solitary when he mentions the money laundering.
Nortan and Captain Hadley murders William
Andy is released from solitary confinement and tells Red of his dream of living in Zihuatanejo, a Mexican coastal town. Red feels Andy is being unrealistic, but promises Andy that if he is ever released he will visit a specific hayfield near Buxton, Maine and retrieve a package Andy buried there.
Andy breaks the prison the next night.
Andy poses as Randall Stephens and visits several banks to withdraw the laundered money.
Also he mails the ledger and evidence of the corruption and murders at Shawshank to a local newspaper. The police arrive at Shawshank and take Hadley into custody, while Norton commits suicide to avoid arrest.
After serving 40 years, Red is finally paroled. He struggles to adapt to life outside prison and fears he never will.
Remembering his promise to Andy, he visits Buxton and finds a cache containing money and a letter asking him to come to Zihuatanejo. Red violates his parole and travels to Fort Hancock, Texas to cross the border to Mexico, admitting he finally feels hope. On a beach in Zihuatanejo he finds Andy, and the two friends are happily reunited.
Conflicts in the Movie
as Andy Dufresne
as Brooks Hatlen
"We sat and drank with the sun on our shoulders and felt like free men. We could have been tarring the roof of one of our own houses."
"...and when they put you in that cell, when those bars slam home, that's when you know it's for real. A whole life blown away in the blink of an eye. Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it."
"These prison walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, gets so you depend on them. That's institutionalized. They send you here for life, that's exactly what they take. The part that counts anyways."
"I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend, and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope."
as Warden Samuel Norton
as Capt. Byron Hadley
"Rule Number One- no blasphemy. I cannot take the Lord's name in vain in my prison." - Nortan
"I believe in two things. Discipline, and the Bible. Here you'll receive both."
"Almost forgot; I'd hate to deprive you of this. Salvation lies within."
Andy's trial and punishment
Red's parole hearings
Brook's love for his pet bird
The molestation of Andy by the "bull queer" gang "the Sisters" and their leader, Bogs
Warden Nortan's behaviour towards Andy
Capt. Byron Hadleys behaviour towards Andy
Friendship between Andy and Red
"Dear Red, If you're reading this, you've gotten out. And if you've come this far, maybe you're willing to come a little further. You remember the name of the town, don't you? I could use a good man to help me get my project on wheels. I'll keep an eye out for you and the chessboard ready. Remember, Red. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you, and finds you well. Your friend, Andy."
The Shawshank Redemption is an allegory for maintaining one's feeling of self-worth when placed in a hopeless position. Andy Dufresne's integrity is an important theme in the story line, especially in prison, where integrity is lacking.