In the film, The Shawshank Redemption, how does Andy have hope and/or is there any other symbolism representing the significance of hope?I am just trying to define all elements of hope in this film.

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Andy never drops a hint of giving up during his long stint in Shawshank Prison. He fights off "The Sisters," repeatedly, succumbing--but never willingly--to their homosexual attacks. The two most obvious symbols of hope are the two objects which best help him to eventually escape: the tiny rock hammer, which the warden and guards assume is for hobby interest only; and the movie posters which hide the entrance to his tunnel. His books and job as head librarian, which he inherits from Brooks Hatlen, inspire him to keep the idea of eventual freedom alive, as does his playing of The Marriage of Figaro, which lands him in solitary confinement but gives him--and the other inmates--a few minutes of joyful exhuberance.