Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Crawl Through the Sh*t – 11 Lessons from “The Shawshank Redemption”

Not long after the warden deprived us of his company, I got a postcard in the mail. It was blank, but the postmark said Fort Hancock, Texas. Fort Hancock... right on the border. That's where Andy crossed. When I picture him heading south in his own car with the top down, it always makes me laugh. Andy Dufresne... who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side. Andy Dufresne... headed for the Pacific

On its surface, Frank Darabont’s 1994 masterpiece, The Shawshank Redemption, is a Hollywood-standard prison flick. The film’s true beauty, though, comes in viewing Shawshank Prison as a metaphor that which restrains our everyday lives. Seen as such, The Shawshank Redemption is a modern-day fable of universal truths.

1. Leave the Gun: The film opens with Andy Dufresne accused of his wife’s murder. Although innocent, Andy is damned to Shawshank by his fingerprints on the bullets near his wife’s home. Drunk and confused, Andy dropped them as he left. Don’t give in to anger; had Andy simply left his gun and ammunition at home, he would have walked a free man. 

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