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“Remember, Hope is a good
thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing
ever dies.”                          

The
Shawshank Redemption is my all time favorite movie. It
gives a strong message of hope, dreams, and friendship. The story begins when Andy, a banker by
profession, convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover given two
consecutive life sentences. Andy
reached Shawshank prison in 1947. At that time another prisoner, Red, bet on him
that he will cry among the new prisoners on the first night in the jail but Andy did remain quiet on
his first night. Eventually, Andy and Red became friends. Andy kept himself busy in the jail but did not lose the faith in
the dream of getting freedom. The
first two years of Andy at Shawshank were worst. He was tortured and raped by other prisoners but eventually,
things started changing. He began
helping jail officers for their tax returns. He wrote letters to State
office and got funds to expand the jail library. During the same time, a young man brought to the
jail whom Andy taught how to read and
write. That man disclosed that he knew the man who killed Andy’s wife. Andy talked
to jail warden but warden refused to
listen to him and gave him
the punishment of two months isolation. That was the point when Andy decided to leave Shawshank. He dug a tunnel with a rock hammer and crawled through sewerage
pipes of five football grounds lengths. Before leaving he asked Red to promise him to visit a
place where he proposed his wife. When Red released he went
to the place where he found a box
containing money and Andy’s latter to meet him in Mexico. Red broke the payroll and left for the journey
to meet his friend. The movie end
when Red reached a beach and Andy greet him.

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The story demonstrates the importance of
hope in unfavorable conditions. It is the hope that takes you out of any situation. No matter
how limited are the resources one has if one is persistent and works hard in
the right direction he will ultimately achieve
his goal. What I get from this move
is a strong message of hope and friendship. Hardships come in life but they make us strong
if we have faith and hope. Friendship makes
us a better person and helping other keeps us motivated. Shawshank was a horrible jail, but real danger was its power to demoralize human spirit. Its walls and bars did keep prisoners not only
physically but also their souls. It took people their
identity and autonomy. There is only one thing that can save a person–hope. Hope is not just
a dream, a denial to accept reality. True hope comes by
actively dying to you. When you are willing
to risk everything for a better life and a better world, freedom becomes possible.

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