The Shawshank Redemption

by KALEY MCLAIN

Staff Writer

 

“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. My friend: Andy Dufrane.” One of the greatest monologues ever caste in the closing credits, the Shawshank Redemption has proven to be one of the most must-watch films of the decade, and years to come. Not only does the perfectly pieced together plotline make for an interesting watch, but the acting that bestows the life and hardships of the characters caught in the jail cell is one for the books.

The flick follows the unlucky turning point in an accountant’s mishappenings. His wife is recently murdered and he is elected as the hands that did it, even if he states that he is in no way guilty. This cleverly witty character is traced throughout his time in one of the most cruelly reputed prisons of its time: Shawshank. The perspective continues to jump, however, as the story exploits the actual frauds that run the justice business. Words cannot express the lessons taught in this film and how it increasingly augments the patience and morality of an honest man back in the day: the simple things in life. At one point, the topic is discussed on whether being locked up changes a man, and not for the better. An honest man can get thrown in a cell and, in time, the clock will mentally change him to a guilt stricken criminal. We are also able to see, as the audience, how good men were branded as the worst. Inside the confined walls, they all stick together because most of them have known what they’ve done. They face the facts and realize there is nothing to do but condone to the daily tasks of the punishing lifestyle. Andy, however, is silently determined to mastermind everyone about his innocence. It is a tale that keeps people on the edge of their seat, makes them yell out in anger, and as probably be the most touching: sheds a tear to the harsh reality of the world.

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