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The Shawshank Redemption

For those that have read the novella by Stephen King I will alternately title this Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.

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For me, both have been irreparably damaged by the Family Guy version, oh great, now I’m humming Hollaback Girl.

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This book and movie hold many messages, the most obvious one, hope.

I used to think, many years ago when I was young that no matter what anyone did to you, no matter what they took from you, you’d always have hope.

But then I began to slowly realize that hope itself could be dangerous.

When nothing or no one can hurt you.
When nothing or no one can take anything more from you.
When nothing or no one can break your heart.
Hope can.

Hope unfulfilled.
Hope crushed.
Hope ignored.
Hope betrayed.
Hope denied.
Am I cheering anyone up yet?

This is the moment shaw2when people have to choose, to take a chance that hope is a gift. Just because you’re in a hopeless position doesn’t mean you’re hopeless.

For people with chronic illness we cling to hope like it’s the side of giant mountain and we never want to look down.

That’s the power of hope. And the danger. It depends how you use it.

It’s been 20 years since we were given Frank Darabont’s (The Walking Dead) vision of Shawshank. Hey, it starred: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, William Sadler, James Whitmoreand Clancy Brown, how could it be anything but coshaw6ol?

I recommend you also read King’s story and if so inclined, destroy both by watching the Family Guy take on this brilliant celebration of how you can be free or imprisoned wherever you are, it’s all about perspective.

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“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”~Jack Layton

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16 thoughts on “The Shawshank Redemption

  1. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
    Stephen King is one of my favorites …. so It’s about time that I should watch the show…
    I just keep thinking all his other great shows….

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  2. What a beautiful post, Donna! Both the movie and Mr. King rule. And yes, hope and love are the two most powerful emotions that can change our lives. But I’ll have to admit, I was kinda entertained by the “Family Guy” spoof. 😀

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    1. Yes, we went to see it this afternoon, theaters are doing the Classic movies thing, it was incredible to see it on the big screen for the first time, for me, in 20 years. It was just as good as I remembered. Cool about the prison 🙂

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