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I'm doing an critical evaluation on the Shaw shank Redemption, is this ok? please give me things to add a know this isn't good enough bt a don't know what else to write :-(this is the essay question: Through close examination of the novel show how Stephen King creates a gripping story with a positive message despite the tragedy involved?The Shaw shank Redemption is a novel written by Stephen King. It it a story about a man named Andy Dufresne who was falsely accused of murdering his wife and her secret lover. Andy is then set a life sentence in jail, where he grows close to a man named Red, and all he has is hope. Through close examination of this novel I will be showing how Stephen King creates a gripping story with a positive message despite the tragedy involved. I will be doing this through theme, characterisation, and plot. The Shaw shank Redemption examines a series of oppositions: guilt and innocence, freedom and imprisonment to finally show how Andy is able to save not only himself, but Red too. The main theme of this story is hope, as hope is all Andy Dufresne has. Even though Andy has been in jail for around 20 years, which is been full of violence, loneliness and torture, Andy still has hope and that's what makes him successful in the end. "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing, and no good thing ever dies"This quote, from Andy Dufresne, shows us how he thinks and what he believes. Hes a very positive person, and this is shown in the novel as even after so many years of Andy's imprisonment, he still has the will power to fight and not give up, as to him, hope never dies. Stephen King creates a gripping story by using this theme as it makes the reader want to read on and see if Andy wil ever get free, just on the basis of hope. Another main theme from the novel is freedom. Andy is being imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, and just like all the other men in the jail, he longs for freedom and will do anything to get it. "I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more grey"This quote, which was said from Red, is explaining comparing Andy to a brightly feathered bird. And as the quote says, some birds just aren't meant to be caged. This quote shows us how Red believes that Andy is too good to be in the jail, his feathers are just to bright. The main characters in this novel are Andy Dufresne and Red. Andy Dufresne seems to be quite secretive, he keeps himself to himself. He's a very wise man. Red, on the other hand is quite outgoing, hes not the smartest although he knows a lot about jail life. Andy and Red become very close throughout the novel. Red is inspired by Andy and how he's so positive even though he has a life sentence. The two friends help each other out and have a very strong bond as Andy taught Red the importance of hope, and if you always have faith, there is nothing to fear. "Get bust living, or get busy dying"This was a quote said by Andy to Red. This quote sums up Andy's character. The author uses these phrases in the novel to put across a positive message to the reader. In conclusion, Stephen king creates a gripping story with a positive message despite the tragedy involved through themes, such as hope and freedom. Characterisation, through Andy and Red, and other topics.



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  1. supersensitization says:

    The Shawshank Redemption (1994)Plot Summary Andy Dufresne is a young and successful banker whose life changes drastically when he is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. Set in the 1940′s, the film shows how Andy, with the help of his friend Red, the prison entrepreneur, turns out to be a most unconventional prisoner. Written by Martin Lewison { [email not allowed] } After the murder of his wife, hotshot banker Andrew Dufresne is sent to Shawshank Prison, where the usual unpleasantness occurs. Over the years, he retains hope and eventually gains the respect of his fellow inmates, especially longtime convict “Red” Redding, a black marketeer, and becomes influential within the prison. Eventually, Andrew achieves his ends on his own terms. Written by Reid Gagle [external link] …===The Shawshank Redemption (1994)In the prologue before the film begins and pre-title credits play, a scratchy car radio (on the soundtrack) plays the romantic song: “If I Didn’t Care,” performed by the Inkspots: If I didn’t care, more than words can say,If I didn’t care, would I feel this way,If this isn’t love, then why do I thrillAnd what makes my head go round and roundWhile my heart stands still… To economically compress events during the credits sequence, a scene outside a cabin is intercut with a courtroom trial scene. [The year is 1946.] A Plymouth is parked outside a cabin [belonging to a golf pro engaged in an affair with an adulterous wife]. During a dark, quiet night in the wooded area near the cabin, the driver (the woman’s husband) reaches for his oily, rag-wrapped gun in the glove compartment where bullets are also concealed. To fortify himself, he takes a swig of Rosewood bourbon from a glass bottle held in his lap. In the courtroom, the driver is identified as Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins). He is interrogated by the D.A. (Jeffrey DeMunn) and charged with murder: “Mr. Dufresne, describe the confrontation you had with your wife the night that she was murdered.” The well-dressed, mild-mannered defendant calmly speaks: “It was very bitter. She said she was glad I knew, that she hated all the sneaking around. She said she wanted a divorce in Reno…I told her I would not grant one.” The D.A. rephrases Andy’s response with his actual words: [external link]

  2. Actinomyxidiida says:

    When it comes to the freedom theme, you could make the point that even within prison walls people can create the illusion of freedom that makes them feel free, if only for a while. A good example to quote if the episode where Andy got beer for the crew working on the prison roof. In this example, even Red states that the break lasted twenty minutes, the beer-break, and for those twenty minutes we felt like free men.Red recalls that the crew felt such freedom that they could have been drinking beer and tarring the roof of one of our own houses. Andy wanted himself and the other men to feel freedom and so he made business dealings with “the hardest screw that ever walked a turn at the Shawshank State Prison”. Say something to the effect that Andy was always known to have something different to him, a sense of his own worth, maybe, or a feeling that he would be the winner in the end – or maybe it was only a sense of freedom which Andy could even manage to possess inside the prison. Another theme in the novel is friendship and loyalty, shown by the friendship between Andy and Red, who are very different people and from very different social backgrounds. You don’t seem to have brought this out. so mention this, such as Red’s worrying that Andy might be going to commit suicide.