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Hope is the intrinsic aspiration of attaining one’s wants and needs, and the stringent factor that determines, not who someone is but how their character is sculpted, and is hence an attribute of all humanbeings that is essential for the development of traits such as perseverance and resilliance, whereas the absense of hope can result in failure, fear, despair and even one’s demise. “Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free”, but concurruently, “Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption(1994) perfectly exhibits this perspective on the human condition, through the directorial choices of; the portrayal of characters and characterisation, film techniques and technical elements, …show more content…
Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding fears hope throughout Darabont’s film because of it’s proposed capability to destroy him, represented through his beliefs that there is ‘no place’ for hope in Shawshank. Moreover, underlying themes such as institutionalisation corroborate this speculation, as a secondary character Brooks Hatlen lives in a state of despair following his release from Shawshank State after 50 years. He has such an outstanding lack of hope, that results in his dependance on Shawshank to the point where he chooses to end his life rather than live in the ‘free’ world. In Unbroken Jolie characterises and portrays the character of Francis ‘Mac’ McNamara as the result of the abandonment of hope. Mac shows signs of despair and fear throughout his stranding in the Pacific Ocean with Louis, becoming far more physically emaciated, depressed and weak consequently dying long before Louis. The writer of the book Jolie’s Unbroken is based off, Laura Hillenbrand explicitly states “men are not defined by themselves, but by their captors and the circumstances in which they are forced to live’, conditions that most men will have lost their minds in. Within the film characers such as Warden Norton of Shawshank State and Mutsuhiro Watanabe of the Omori prison camp personify the oppression of hope the protagonists are forced to

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