The Shawshank Redemption: Exemption of Equality between Those with Hope (Andy) and Those Without it (Red) through literary, dramatic, and cinematic aspects.

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Does hope after an inevitable loss cause depression and distress, or is it the factor which turns defeat into triumph? In this way possession of hope differentiates people in their views of life. This inequality is clearly seen within Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption (1994). In Andy Dufrene's portrayal of hope in living a new life in Mexico, he shows that his view of life and hope is totally different from Red's, who does not believe in the possibility of any life after prison. This dissimilarity is represented in literary, dramatic, and cinematic aspects of the scene. Hope changes the way people view life, how they accept it, and how they change it.

Many literary aspects of the scene emphasize the inequality between those with and without hope. The situation within the clip takes place when Andy is telling Red about his dream of settling in at Zihuatenejo, Mexico. Andy has hope that he will someday leave the prison and pursue a better life outside. Red tells him to face reality; that "pipedreams" are dangerous, and hoping is dangerous. This key scene within the movie shows the obvious difference between the two inmates, and how they view hope. To Andy it is what keeps him living on, but for Red it is a dangerous thought which leads to depression. This conversation takes place in a quiet part of the prison courtyard, emphasizing the solemn attitude of Andy and Red. When Andy gets up and walks out of the shadows, it signifies an important symbol which again stresses the difference between hopeful Andy and doubtful Red. Andy is standing in the sun which symbolizes hope, while Red remains in the darkness. This is not just a coincidence, for later on Andy brings Red out of the dark...