Shawshank Redemption

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In the film ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ by Frank Darabont, it informs us about the hardships in the prison of Shawshank and hopes to achieve freedom. The characters in Shawshank Redemption present a variety of social issues. Throughout Andy and Red’s sentence in prison, issues of identity, motivation, and anxiety are brought about within the film. Darabont shows us the affects of prison life during and after a prisoner’s sentence in prison. Shawshank Redemption portrays these social issues through the movies’s theme of finding freedom.
The idea freedom is presented in the scene earlier in the film, when one of the prisoners ask Andy at the cafeteria ‘are you gonna eat that?’Andy didn’t want the food and handed it over which was fed to the
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Andy had more of his freedom taken away from him, he was put in solitary confinement in order to disguise his threating actions. At the expense of others, the warden also promotes his self-interest in the name of “fire and brimstone bible passages,” exhibiting rationalization. Although the story takes place in the single setting of Shawshank prison, characters portray a variety of social issues that affect one’s outlook on life reflecting each individual’s idea of freedom.
A positive incentive of freedom motivates Red to break parole and move to Mexico to meet up with his former prison-mate Andy. Inside Shawshank, Red is the supplier of goods to the inmates, but in the world outside the prison Red cannot find his place in society, leading him to break parole. At first, Red believes he cannot function outside the prison walls because freedom is a frightening concept, but a sense of hope takes over and forces him to his dream of freedomWhile analyzing characters’ behaviors in Shawshank Redemption, social issues can be found from beginning to end. Throughout the film, the theme of freedom is evident with the use of psychological terms such as identity and motivation. What drives the characters’ actions is freedom to live an independent life, which does not necessarily come from being outside of prison walls, but rather


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