Personalities And Themes In "The Shawshank Redemption"

"The Shawshank Redemption" is a unique movie which involves many
different personalities and underlying themes. The personalities of the
inmates are very interesting and when combined they create a fascinating
plot, which gives a different perspective of prison life. The main
characters are Andy Dufrense (Tim Robbins) and Eliss "Red" Redding (Morgan
Freeman). Additional characters such as the wise and simple old man,
Brooks (James Whitmore), and the evil warden help to enrich the movie,
giving it unequaled depth into the psychological aspects of prison life.
The personalities of the Shawshank prison combine to form a community of
sorts. This movie shows prisons not only as a place ...

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ready for prison and honestly doesn't seem like a man who would survive.
His thinking going into prison is just to survive and blend in. He's a
wise man who competently deals with what the justice system has served him.
He is normal on the outside but emotionally tormented on the inside. Andy
is a very complex character who displays introverted tendencies, keeping
his feelings to himself and never allowing anyone beyond his stoic exterior
except for Red.
Andy's friendship with Red begins in a most peculiar manner. Andy
asks for a rock hammer, which Red dutifully gets for him. Red, knowing
that Andy is vulnerable, gets him on tar duty and takes him under his wing.
The friendship is very unique and they both are energetic with emotion.
Bill Dupre of the News and Observer writes of their emotion together, "This
is a graceful, quiet characterization, and Robbins' scenes with Freeman are
wrought with depth, delicacy, and precision."
This is where the opportunistic side ...

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dealing with the prison as his
life but still tries to make his life on the inside the best he can. Red
really doesn't think much about being paroled (he is rejected several times
during the movie). He just takes one day at a time. He is determined not
to let the jail system get to him. His friendship with Andy becomes
stronger throughout the movie from when they first meet until Red joins
Andy in Mexico. Red is a man who knows the rights and wrongs of the prison
and it seems that Andy becomes his apprentice during the movie.
Overall, Red is a subtle man who tries not to be noticed. His
personality is one of perseverance and he is ready to accept what the
system may deal him. ...

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