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            The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King is both a wonderful film and a brilliantly written short story. There are many themes represented in each form of The Shawshank Redemption. The one major theme that interests me in both the film and the story is freedom. Freedom serves a large purpose for both the story's writer and the filmmaker. Both use similar examples to signify freedom, not only in the jail, but also in a larger context about life. There are many events and examples in both the film and the short story that signifies the theme of freedom. The one main difference is when the film uses the director's technique to portray a feel of freedom for the inmates. The overall three issues used in this essay are all linked to the feeling of the inmates feeling the sense of freedom with the prison walls. In both the film and the short story, which involves freedom is when Andy Dufresne approaches the narrator, Red. Andy asks Red, I wonder if you could get me a rock-hammer.(28) Andy's reason for wanting a rock-hammer is because he was a rockhound. At least. I was a rockhound. In my old life.(29) Andy states that he would like to be a rockhound again on a limited basis because it gives him the feeling of freedom. This example serves the purposes of both the story's writer and the filmmaker. The act of Andy Dufresne being able to go on Sunday expeditions(29) at Shawshank shows the reader and/or viewer that it will make him feel free, like when he collected rocks in his old life (life before prison). On a larger level, this event could be interpreted as a lesson to not give up your freedom. Even though something bad happens to you, you should not become secluded and be depressed all of the time. Andy shows the reader that you must get busy living or get busy dying(movie) or you will loose your inner freedom. The other theme of freedom comes in both the film and the story, when Andy Dufresne got beer for all of the crew that tarred the prison's roof.


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