Q. How does Frank Darabont Convey the themes of hope and fear represented by individuals in the Shawshank Prison?
You must include a detailed analysis of TWO key scenes in your response.
The representation of fear and hope are contrasted through characters and their experiences while within the Shawshank prison. The portrayal of hope and fear are explored in detail in Frank Darabont's film 'The Shawshank Redemption'. The rooftop scene exemplifies Andy Dufresne as a catalyst of hope towards the inmates while Brook's, an institutionalised man expresses fear upon his death. Brook's in contrast to Andy, creates the notion that with the loss of hope comes fear. Therefore through the characters of Andy and Brooks, hope and fear are contrasted via their experiences within the Shawshank prison.
Body Paragraph 1) Hope - Rooftop Scene
Lighting from the sun on Andy = Symbolism of hope
"I'd only ask three beers a piece for each of my co-workers" Andy = Andy's carrying nature, giving hope to his inmates to feel freedom.
Red's Voice over = "we felt like free men ... Andy watching us drink his beer" = Through Andy, hope to feel freedom is given to inmates.
Body Paragraph 2)Fear - Brook's death
Zoom in/demanding gaze as he is on the bus holding the rails tightly = Brooks is scared and confused
"I have trouble sleeping at night ... bad dreams like im falling" voice over Brooks = he is scared of this new world he is in now.
"i dont like it here, im tired of being afraid all the time" - Brooks
Brooks messy clothes = too much to worry about, scared and not looking forward to the future