Narrative;Theme of Hope in Shawshank Redemption

An important theme in Frank Darabont’s film The Shawshank Redemption is hope. The film demonstrates that hope is a good thing and shows the consequences in having and lacking hope. It is important that Darabont’s film showed the theme of hope as it us also important in our lives today because having or lacking in hope affects people personally, nationally and worldwide. In our everyday lives we are presented with cases of people having hope through our own or someone we knows personal experiences and on the news. In most cases, hope is portrayed in a positive light as it helps people get through tough situations.

The film makes its viewers think about how having or lacking hope can effect out lives in reality and makes them conclude that having hope is a good and important thing. In The Shawshank Redemption demonstrates how hope is an important thing to have. We are introduced to Andy du Frense, Red Redding and their fellow prison inmates. Throughout the film Andy has a peaceful and positive disposition and this is because he has hope. Whilst having a conversation with Red, Andy talks about his dreams of what he is going to do with his life when he gets out of prison.

Red responds negatively, claiming that “hope can drive a man insane”. Andy replies saying “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing and no good thing ever dies”. This demonstrates that Andy has hope. A consequence of Andy’s hope is that he manages to escape from prison by tunneling through the wall of his prison cell and crawling out a 500 yard sewage pipe to freedom. The Shawshank Redemption shows how hope is a good thing to have as Andy escapes prison because of his hopes to have a nice life outside of prison in a place with no memory, by the Pacific Ocean, Mexico.

Having hope is an important thing for individuals to have because it helps them cope and even survive in tough situations. An example of how hope is important for individuals is when an adventurer – Aron Ralston – was canyoneering and went down a rock face where a bolder moved and trapping his arm. Aron showed hope because instead of giving up and waiting to die he was hopeful hat he would survive. He managed to free himself after amputating his own arm. As a result of his hope Aron Ralstonsurvived. From learning about Aron’s and is experience, we see that in dangerous or life hreatening situations hope is crucial and essential, as with hope comes the will to live. Therefore hope is a good thing to have in our lives as it can help save individuals. An example of how hope can affect a nation is the Christchurch earthquakes in New Zealand. IN September 2010 Christchurch was struck by a strong earthquake measuring 7. 1 on the Richter scale, leaving thousands of residents with injuries, without homes and hundreds of casualties. These people demonstrated hope, as although the region is still recovering and receiving numerous after shocks weekly, they still are remaining positive and hopeful.

As a consequence of the people of Christchurch’s hope, people all around the world and New Zealand are wiling to give aid to e people affected by the earthquakes . Also because of Christchurch residents hope that the earthquakes will stop, the majority of them have chosen to stay in the region and help recover their city. With hope comes positivity. Although the people of Christchurch have been affected terribly by the earthquakes they are still positive because of their hope. This shows how hope can be a good and important thing for nations today to have.

Organization like World Vision and Oxfam demonstrate how hope is an important and beneficial thing o have world wide. These organizations give hope to people in poverty. World Vision and Oxfam dedicate their time to showing the world underprivileged and poverty stricken countries and help encourage everyone to help out the people. These organizations give hope to he underprivileged people as if people donate money and help out the underprivileged they will improve the quality of their lives.

The underprivileged having hope is a good thing as they will be happier, positive and will have better lives. Hope is demonstrated in real life through many different situations from personal incidents to worldwide events and disasters. These situations show us that hope consequently brings positivity, happiness and survival. This means that hope is a very important thing to have when facing life’s hard situations. The Shawshank Redemption encourages its viewers to think about hope and therefore learn that it is an important thing to have in reality.