The Shawshank Redemption



“The first night’s the toughest, no doubt about it. They march you in naked as the day you were born, skin burning and half blind from that delousing they throw on you, and when they put you in that cell, when those bars slam home, that’s when you know it’s for real. Old life blown away in the blink of an eye. Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it. Most new fish come close to madness the first night. Somebody always breaks down crying. Happens every time. The only question is, who’s it gonna be? It’s as good a thing to bet on as any, I guess. I had my money on Andy Dufresne.” – Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding


While watching, address the following question:   How does The Shawshank Redemption address the role self-respect plays when an individual responds to injustice?




1 Comment

  1. Daisy Castaneda

    I have always been told to maintain my self respect when someone is being unjust to me. Maintaining your self respect makes you stronger than the other person. The goal of the other person is to bring you down to their level when this happens the other person wins and you become vulnerable. As a result of your vulnerability you lose your self respect and the respect from other people. Andy was a resilient character and even in his darkest moments he was strong enough to maintain his self respect. Your self respect is what defines you. When Andy entered the prison the other men knew he was different because of the way he carried himself. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are, or what your situation is the important thing is to maintain your self respect.

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