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The Shawshank Redemption - Persistence

The theme of persistence in the film 'The Shawshank Redemption'
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Anna Birbeck

on 8 October 2012

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Transcript of The Shawshank Redemption - Persistence

Persistence 'The Shawshank Redemption' is a film set in a prison and persistence is definitely an ongoing theme throughout. Persistence means to never give up and to continue in spite of opposition and it's definitely a trait needed in Shawshank prison. Andy Dufresne, the main character, shows the most persistent out of everyone. The first time we see persistence is when Andy is being charged for the murder of his wife and her lover. The evidence makes it seem that Andy is guilty but he is persistent in saying that he is innocent. We also see persistence when Andy gets funding for the library by sending a letter to the state every week for six years. The state finally agree to give him $200 and some used books but Andy is not satisfied and sends them two letters a week until they give proper funding. Finally, the most important example of persistence is when Andy escapes from Shawshank Prison. He persisted in getting through the wall with his rock hammer and finally after 20 years he broke through. When he's in prison, he also still says he's innocent and in the end we see that he was telling the truth; Elmo Blatch was the man who killed his wife and her lover.
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