Discuss the following: "Stephen king's novella is definitely Red's story. Frank Darabont's film, however, provides a much broader perspective."The Shawshank Redemption

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do think that the film attempts to speak to a large perspective, but I still see Red as an integral part of this process.  In my mind, Red is the focal point of both stories.  On one hand, the film only progresses with Red.  His narration into life at Shawshank is the only way that it makes sense to us.  Outside of his narration, Red is also the focus of the thematic development of the film.  The battle between hope and despair is represented in Red's evolution.  The film depicts the "institutional man" of Red against Andy's transcendent vision of a life outside of the Shawshank's walls.  When Red has to "get busy living," it is a moment where the themes of the film are demonstrated.  While I would agree that there is a broader struggle and perspective provided in the film, I still see Red as an integral part of this process.