Belonging is defined as its connections and relationships with others, which bring the individual to establish his/hers desires. And to get to these desires the individual has to confront the risks and challenges that come within their path.
Good morning, in this speech I have chosen to talk about the aspect of belonging and not belonging in my preferred film “the Shawshank redemption “Directed by Frank Darabont and my set text “The simple gift” by Steven Herrick.
The Shawshank redemption is a 1994 drama about the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who spends two decades in Shawshank state prison accused of killing his wife, although he was innocent. During his time at prison he befriends an inmate nicknamed “Red” while he finds himself a means of escape secretly.
The concept of belonging is portrayed by the prisoners in Shawshank prison. Most of them feel they’ve been forced to belong to the correction facility, such as Andy while some have become accustomed to the system and find it hard to cope with life beyond the prison walls.
The film starts as a Voice-Over being told by Red who narrates the film. In the first scene, the concept of being force to belong is reinforced when the warden metaphorically states to the newly prisoners including Andy that “Your ass belongs to me”. This immediately creates a connection between the warden and the prisoners meaning they are under the control of the warden and the penitentiary.
The concept of ‘place’ is used to symbolise Shawshank prison. A place of isolation from the outside world. In this idea all the prisoners have a been isolated from the outside world. They are looked upon by society as icy cold blooded criminals. “High stone walls topped with snaky concertina wire, set off at intervals by looming guard towers” is used which emphasises the idea of alienation from the outside world.
The director uses Extreme long shot to extend the idea of isolation by showing the landscape to establish the location and...