Positive behaviours of Andy Dufresne on ShawShank Redemption

Get busy living or get busy dying.

Definitely one of the best movies in the 1990s.

It is about a man who was wrongfully convicted and was sentenced to life terms in prison at Shawshank.

It stars lead characters Red (Morgan Freeman) and Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) with Andy being my favourite character throughout the movie.

His behaviours are commendable. The list of instances include when he:

  1. Did not complain about the beatings during laundry when he first came in.
  2. Made calculated decisions such as taking one month before approaching Red, another inmate known to be resourceful, for a favour.
  3. Built rapport and gained people’s trust to the extent that others would begin to give without questioning his intentions.
  4. Concealed his plans even to Red, his closest ally.
  5. Treasures his friendship by offering Red to come and help him out at Zihuatanejo and gave Red directions to find the hidden money. It was a lifeline for Red so that Red wasnt just another Brooks, an institutionalised man.
  6. Still loves his wife dearly and speaks well of her even when her last few moments alive was spent sleeping with another man.

It is just heartwarming for Andy to think about his friends first before himself. He requested that his cell mates are rewarded with beers by the guards before he agreed to help the chief when the fact was, he doesn’t even drink.

Hope is a dangerous thing.

Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good things ever dies.

I find I’m so excited that I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel. A free man at a start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.
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