In the film "The Shawshank Redemption" the prevalent theme seemed to be the effect of hope in bleak circumstances. The main Character Andy Dufresne, viewed hope as an important tool. He believed hope was a good thing and hope never dies. The trials and tribulations that he suffered on the inside attempt to break him down but he holds dear what his so important to him, hope. It is apparent to me that his inner strength and his hope helped him overcome difficult obstacles in prison which in turn kept him alive. Andy had a plan to be free and his hope had given him the strength to accomplish a goal that many believed could not be achieved. Andy's continuous silent optimism and hope encouraged him to achieve his ultimate goal.
The narrator of this story is a man named Red, he had a very different view than Andy held. Red continously talked about the dynamics of prison and the process of being institutionalized. Red quotes "These walls are funny. At first you hate them, then you get used to them. Enough time passes it gets so that you comet to depend on them." The difference between Andy and Red is their philosophy about prison. .
Fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free. Prison is a lifeless world. It deals with routine, power abuse, forced conformity, and the struggle to maintain hope while surrounded by prison walls. In prison all these steps are designed to make a man conform and in doing so it rob's a man of his individuality. "You come here for life, and that's exactly what they take from you," says Red. If you give up hope at anytime you give up on life inside and outside of the prison. That is why the prisoners devellop those "dead eyes." They lose their individual wills because they are simply conforming to routine. Life on the outside scared these men (with the exception of Andy) because they had gone so long without it.