The Shawshank Redemption

the only keypoint of this film is institutionalization, and, the Anti-institutionalisation is that redemption

Institutionalization is mentioned over and over again in film “The Shawshank Redemption”. In this film, the institution refers to the fixed prison institution, and institutionalization refers to a process of rigidifying prisoners’ behaviors, thoughts and mindsets in some imperceptible constraint mechanisms. In this process, the prisoners are forced to change their original behaviors, thoughts and ideas, and begin to accept, get used to and even depend on the current situation little by little. – from web



It come to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.

Andy Dufresne

Parole Board Interviewer: Please, sit down. Ellis Boyd Redding, your files say you’ve served 40 years of a life sentence. You feel you’ve been rehabilitated?

Redding: Rehabilitated? Well, now, let me see. You know, I don’t have any idea what that means.

Parole Board Interviewer: Uh, well, it means you’re ready to rejoin society —

Redding: — I know what you think it means, sonny. To me, it’s just a made up word, a politician’s word, so that young fellas like yourself can wear a suit and a tie and have a job. What do you really wanna know? Am I sorry for what I did?

Parole Board Interviewer: Well, are you?

Redding: There’s not a day goes by I don’t feel regret. Not because I’m in here, or because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then, a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime.

I wanna talk to him. I wanna try to talk some sense to him — tell him the way things are. But I can’t. That kid’s long gone and this old man is all that’s left. I gotta live with that.


It’s just a bullshit word.

So you go on and stamp your form, sonny, and stop wasting my time.

Because to tell you the truth, I don’t give a shit.




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