redeem • to recover possession of something by payment of a price or service • to convert (bonds or shares) into cash • to pay off (a loan or debt) • to recover (something mortgaged or pawned)
redeem(cont) • to exchange (coupons) for goods • to fulfill (a promise) • to reinstate someone’s good opinion • to recover from captivity, esp by a money payment • to make amends for
redemption • make amends for • compensate • pay for your sins • make good again
rehabilitate • restore (someone) to health or normal life by training and therapy after imprisonment, addiction, or illness • restore (someone) to former privileges or reputation after a period of official disfavour
The Shawshank Redemption directed by Frank Darabont
The caring and smart banker Andy DuFresne is accused and convicted of the murder of his wife.
He is sent to Shawshank prison in the 1940’s. He meets many fellow prisoners, including Red, who becomes an important friend.
During his time at Shawshank Andy’s way of life is changed, but he never loses his hope.
Hope and redemption are a major part of the story, and something shown in many of the characters.
Hope is the major force behind the lead character Andy, and Andy restores the hope in Red.
Brooks, a long time inmate of Shawshank had lost his hope. He had become institutionalized. Red says of Brooks:
"These prison walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, gets so you depend on them. That's institutionalized. They send you here for life, that's exactly what they take. The part that counts, anyways."
Red is heading for the same fate as Brooks, but Andy changes his way of thinking and brings him hope.
Fear can hold you prisoner Hope can set you free