The Shawshank Redemption is my all time favorite movie. It gives a strong message of hope, friendship, and redemption. The story begins when Andy, a banker by profession, convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover for two-time life sentences. Andy reached Shawshank’s prison in 1947. At that time another prisoner, Red, bet on him that he will cry among the new prisoners on the first night in jail but Andy did not make a word on his first night. Eventually Andy and Red became friends. Andy kept himself busy in the jail but did not lose the faith in the dream of getting freedom. The initial years of Andy at Shawshank were worst. He was tortured and raped by other prisoners but eventually, things started changing. He began helping jail officers for their tax returns. He decides to expand library and wrote letters to the state office for funds, weekly. After two years he got 200 $ cheque and a reply to stop sending letters. But Andy than started sending two letters a week and finally got handsome funds for the library. During the same time, a young man brought to the jail whom Andy taught how to read and write. That man disclosed that he knows the man who killed Andy’s wife. Andy talked to jail warden but warden refused to listen to him and gave him the punishment of two months isolation. That was the point when Andy decided to leave Shawshank. He dug a tunnel with a rock hammer and crawled through sewerage pipes of six football ground length. Before living he asked Red to promise him to visit a place where he purposed his wife. Red released after 40 years in jail and went to the place where he found a box containing money and Andy’s latter to meet him in Mexico. Red broke the payroll and left for the journey to meet his friend. The movie end when Red reached a beach and Andy greet him.
The story reflects the importance of hope in unfavorable conditions. It is the hope which cannot be barred in any prison. ” Hope is a good thing probably best of the good things and no good thing ever dies” The story also give an important lesson of endurance no matter how much-limited resources one has if he is persistent and works in the right direction he will ultimately achieve his goal. “Keep busy dying or keep busy living” and Andy chose to live. Hope is the main theme around which this film was built. Shawshank was a horrible jail but real danger was its power to demoralize human spirit. Its walls and bars did not keep prisoners only physically but also their souls. After enough time spent in prison there comes a time when people lost their identity, autonomy. “They send you here for life, and that’s exactly what they take.” There is only one thing that can save a person–hope. But what is hope? Is it just a pipe dream, a delusion, a refusal to accept reality and thus ultimately hopeless. That’s what Red thinks, but Andy knows better. He knows that, whatever hardships may do to the body, they can never kill the soul.” there’s something inside that they can’t get to, they can’t touch.” Real hope is not about closing eyes to the evil around you, stopping your ears and dreaming. No, true hope comes by actively dying to yourself .when you are willing to risk everything the freedom becomes possible.