Hope In The Film The Shawshank Redemption

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In the film, The Shawshank Redemption, directed by Frank Darabont, we see the story of falsely accused murderer, Andy Dufresne and his life in prison over 29 years. The interaction of Andy Dufresne and his best friend Red helps to illustrate the theme of hope. We also have the interaction between Andy and all of the prisoners as well with the music over the loud speaker scene showing how something as simple as music can influence hope. The two scenes which show this the best is when Andy plays music over the loud speaker, giving hope to the prisoners. And when Andy and Red talk after Andy has spent two months in the whole trying to give Red hope. The first interaction which shows the theme of hope is the music over the loud speaker scene.…show more content…
When the music first starts playing out loud, we see a high angle shot of all the prisoners looking up to the speaker. We also see their faces light up which is not normal due to the dull colouring of Shawshank Prison. We also see the bright blue sky in the background which gives the idea of how the prisoners are feeling at this time, beginning to feel hope and reminded what hope is. During the high angle of all the prisoners in the yard, the voice over of Red comes on and says, “I still don’t know what those Italian ladies were singing about. I would like to think that it was something so beautiful that it can’t be expressed in words.” Altogether, this scene displays the power of hope which is that with, hope you have something to live for and in a prison this can keep you from becoming institutionalised. With the bright lit up faces and the bright blue sky enforcing that the prisoners are feeling hope during this scene. We then hear Red’s voice over which teaches me that he is starting to have hope himself just from this music. This again shows me that the interaction of Andy and the music has led to the theme of hope being

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