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Shawshank Redemption

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The Shawshank Redemption Essay

1. Throughout the movie of The Shawshank Redemption, the main character, Andy, is imprisoned and brutally punished, yet he still changes to a better man because of it. The suffering Andy takes on a daily basis in prison makes him suffer, but also makes him stronger throughout. For example, he is sexually assaulted by other inmates in his first years in the prison, yet he never breaks and continues to go on in his daily work. Also, Andy is changed through his suffering by becoming more a more faithful and peaceful man, which brings him closer to God. For example, Andy locks himself in the Warden's office and plays Mozart throughout the prison speakers, letting all to hear. Andy knew of his punishment before, but still acted upon this because he realized that the suffering that he would take in the future, would not beat the tranquility he felt when he played Mozart for the whole prison to hear. We can all learn from how Andy becomes stronger through the suffering he takes. Suffering changes us through our beliefs and makes us stronger. Suffering can either bring you closer to God, or it can break you down to give in to the suffering. However, we learn from Andy how to never fully give in and break down to the suffering. We can look to suffering as an obstacle in which we look to God for the strength to have faith and become a stronger and more faithful Catholic. This shows that we shouldn't look to difficult times with fear, but with understanding and power in which we have the faith in God to overcome suffering. Not only should we look to God to find peace, but we can also look to images of Christ, and the Word of God to give us light in how we can proceed through the process of finding peace. We should all look past the hardships we see everyday, but instead have faith and trust in God where we can see the light that exists past all suffering, as Andy did in the movie The Shawshank Redemption


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