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“The Shawshank Redemption” • a short story by Stephen King “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”, Different Seasons • describing prison life in the 1940 s, 50 s and 1960 s
The Shawshank Redemption • Welcome • To • shawshank
“The Shawshank Redemption” • a short story by Stephen King “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”, Different Seasons • describing prison life in the 1940 s, 50 s and 1960 s • Andy Dufresne • Red (narrator) • Brooks • Haywood • Tommy Williams • Warden Samuel Norton • Captain of the Guards Byron Hadley
The Shawshank Redemption • • • Andy Dufresne Red Brooks Haywood Tommy Williams • Warden Samuel Norton • Captain of the Guards Byron Hadley
Shawshank paper • Select two scenes from the movie and connect them to Biblical scenes and include a quote from the Bible for each example • Your 3 rd paragraph should be a powerful conclusion about the Shawshank Redemption and its message!! • Due: next class or email me!!
Andy Dufresne/Randall Stevens: • Christ Figure, represents the human and divine natures of Jesus, • Andy was an innocent man living among the guilty, similar to Jesus associating with sinners. • God became human and one of us so that he could reach, preach, teach. • teacher, understanding, uses reasoning to help his fellow prisoners by becoming one of them • Suffered, was misunderstood, wrongly accused, beaten and tortured
salvation • “Remember salvation lies within” • Within the Bible, Andy hides his rock hammer • In the book of EXODUS • The Grande Exit or “the great escape” of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt with their powerful leader MOSES
Red: • as John the Baptist, Red was the original leader of the prison but allows Andy to take over out of respect and admiration for Andy's intelligence and wisdom. • Similar to John the Baptist Jn 3: 30 • as Peter, Andy wants to give Red the tools to meet him and help him with his project. • Similar to Jesus when he asks Peter to "follow me" Jn 21
RED: • finally granted parole… WHY? ? • First and second times he said he was totally rehabilitated, claimed innocence ***He was “denied parole” 3 X because he denied himself a chance to be free (FEAR holds you prisoner) • When you do what you’ve always done; you’ll get what you’ve always got!!! • Now he admits guilt and regret
The Characters • Brooks: as Judas • MT 27: Judas commits suicide by hanging himself and giving up on hope and life which are so precious to Andy. • Tommy Williams: – Martyr: willing to testify to the truth and dies for it – JBAP: Announced andy’s innocence!!
The Characters • Warden Samuel Norton and Captain of the Guards Byron Hadley • Religious Authorities and the Roman Government (Pontius Pilate) Mt 27 • They represent corruption and greed, and the abuse of power • Remember, greed is the root of all evil!!
THE MESSAGE • FEAR CAN HOLD YOU PRISONER; • ONLY HOPE CAN SET YOU FREE!!
THE MOVIE QUOTES • “I believe in two things; discipline and the Bible. Here you will receive both. Put your trust in the Lord, your ass belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank. ” • “Bull queers take by force, it is all they do and all they know” • “They are not homosexual; you have to be human first; AND they don’t qualify”
THE BIBLICAL QUOTES • MK 13: 35 – “Watch, therefore; you do not know when the master of the house cometh, ” • JN 8: 12 – "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. " • “Remember……. “Salvation lies within” • “Lord! It's a miracle! Man up and vanished like a fart in the wind”
Andy’s Quotes • “I am a rock hound” • There’s something inside that they can’t touch; it’s YOURS………HOPE • “O Red I thought you had a little more FAITH in me than that!!” • “On the outside I was an honest man; I had to come to prison to become a crook” • “I don’t work with losers… if we are going to do this, you need to give 100% nothing half assed • motivation is what we need!!! • Discipleship!!!!! Give a 100% nothing less
Red’s Quotes “Only guilty man in Shawshank” • “I have no idea what those 2 Italian ladies were singing about, but I’d like to think it was so beautiful it can’t be expressed in words and makes your heart ache because of it. ” • “Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. ” • “Andy built a library” he sure did!!!
More of Red’s Quotes • “He's just institutionalized. . . The man's been in here fifty years, Heywood, fifty years. This is all he knows. In here, he's an important man, he's an educated man. Outside he's nothin' - just a used-up con with arthritis in both hands. Probably couldn't get a library card if he tried. . . these walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, it gets so you depend on 'em. That's 'institutionalized'. . . They send you here for life and that's exactly what they take, the part that counts anyway. ~ • CRIME AND CONSEQUENCES
And more RED • “I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don't want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I'd like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can't be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in
ANDY AND RED • Andy Dufresne: That's the beauty of music. They can't get that from you. . . Haven't you ever felt that way about music? Red: I played a mean harmonica as a younger man. Lost interest in it though. Didn't make much sense in here. Andy Dufresne: Here's where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don't forget. Red: Forget? Andy Dufresne: Forget that. . . there are places in this world that aren't made out of stone. That there's something inside. . . that they can't get to, that they can't touch. That's yours. Red: What're you talking about?
• RED: Jesus, Andy. I couldn't hack it on the outside. Been in here too long. I'm an institutional man now. Like old Brooks was. • ANDY : You underestimate yourself. RED: Bullshit. In here I'm the guy who can get it for you. Out there, all you need are Yellow Pages. I wouldn't know where to begin. Pacific Ocean? Hell. Like to scare me to death, somethin' that big.
• ANDY : Not me. I didn't shoot my wife and I didn't shoot her lover, and whatever mistakes I made I've paid for and then some. That hotel and that boat. . . I don't think it's too much to want. To look at the stars just after sunset. Touch the sand. Wade in the water. Feel free. RED : Goddamn it, Andy, stop! Don't do that to yourself! Talking shitty pipedreams! Mexico's down there, and you're in here, and that's the way it is! ANDY : You're right. It's down there, and I'm in here. I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.
ANDY AND RED • “Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. ” • “I find I'm so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope. ”
RED • “Not long after the warden deprived us of his company, I got a postcard in the mail. It was blank, but the postmark said Fort Hancock, Texas. Fort Hancock. . . right on the border. That's where Andy crossed. When I picture him heading south in his own car with the top down, it always makes me laugh. Andy Dufresne. . . who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side. Andy Dufresne. . . headed for the Pacific. ”
ANDY AND RED • Andy Dufresne: Dear Red. If you're reading this, you've gotten out. And if you've come this far, maybe you're willing to come a little further. You remember the name of the town, don't you? Red: Zihuatanejo. Andy Dufresne: I could use a good man to help me get my project on wheels. I'll keep an eye out for you and the chessboard ready. Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds
The Symbolism of the Shawshank Redemption • • • The mini posters the big poster the library the opera music The rope the rocks the sewage pipe the prison cell the storm and rain the fishing boat • the reunion!!
The Symbolism of the Shawshank Redemption • The mini posters: serve as a distraction…. For the big poster • the big poster: represents the dream, visualizing his freedom • the library: Old Testament and New Testament representing the old and new Covenants (MT is the BRIDGE) • the opera music: MT 5 The Sermon on the Mount the Beatitudes (THE MESSAGE OF HOPE TO THE HOPELESS) • The rope: the cross, does not end in death, jesus rises!!! • the rocks: Peter Mt 16 • the sewage pipe: Mt 27: Jesus carrying the cross to the crucifixion • The prison cell: Mt 28: the empty tomb • the storm and rain; as Andy stands in the rain he outstretches his arms Baptism, new life MT: 3 • the fishing boat: MT 4: calling of the first disciples, fishermen • the reunion: JN 21: Jesus and Peter reunite along the seashore! Fishing anyone? ? ?
The Connections to The Gospel of Matthew • The Genealogy and Infancy Narratives – Matthew traces Jesus' genealogy back to Abraham and David to show his Jewish audience how Jesus fulfills the prophecies of the Old Testament • The Temptation Narrative: – (a) obeying the word of God (b) faith in God's power and promises (c) worship and service to God • The Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes • The 10 Commandments (Moses on Mt Sinai) • The Judgment of the Nations
THE LESSONS LEARNED VIRTUES FAITH, HOPE, LOVE THE GIFT AND VALUE OF TRUE LOYAL FRIENDSHIP Andy continuously writes letters; digs through a tunnel over years and accomplishes his goals • Persistence pays off!!! • • •