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These are familiar themes in American literature and central to Huckleberry Finn , but a much more volatile theme, equally rooted in American myth, is that of the possibility of interracial friendship, figured most frequently in a bond between a young white man and an older, sympathetic black companion. More specifically, it seems to these critics an affirmation of the power of our innate goodness to overcome prejudice and a celebration of the capacity of white and black Americans, individually if not collectively, to make racial difference irrelevant.
The fact that racism remains endemic to American society — a legacy of that entanglement with slavery — makes the solution suggested by Huckleberry Finn , founded as it is on the myth of the romantic individual, more reassuring than effective. The first screen adaptation relied heavily on minstrel stereotypes in its depiction of Jim as the good-natured darkie, dancing and rolling his eyes. Jim is a more serious character than in , but his passivity allows Huck a more heroic status. Still, in spite of the "warmth, humanity, and courage" that Frank notes in this performance , tremendous pains are taken to make sure Moore offers no threats.
Huck Tony Randall is a cherubic red-headed kid; smiling constantly, Moore treats Huck with kindly, avuncular condescension. Even when he asserts his own rights most forcefully, the powerful boxer compensates at every turn with gestures of submissiveness. One version solved the problem by entirely omitting Jim along with all references to slavery and putting Tom Sawyer on the raft in his place.
You go on with your magic lamps and digging to China and writing journals on shirts. I hope so. First, in vicariously assuming the widow's moral high ground, we can congratulate ourselves on our collective movement out of a benighted past, a movement apparently driven by white benevolence. Second, that beloved but troublesome novel is redeemed as the principal evidence of our own and our nation's happy trajectory.
Writing about The Defiant Ones , Leslie Fiedler describes both the persistence of the Huck-Jim myth and its power in creating a reality compatible with a white liberal view of racism as an historical aberration we can pride ourselves on having overcome. In The Defiant Ones, he writes,. As the myth sinks deeper and deeper into the national mind, intertwined with nostalgic memories of books that we have read as children, like our fathers before us and theirs before them, it comes to seem truer than the reality of headlines.
In the heat of the civil rights struggles, The Defiant Ones challenged white audiences with a serious and complex black protagonist, Cullen Sidney Poitier , chained to his racist fellow prisoner Joker Tony Curtis.
Through their common struggles, they shed their prejudices and discover a common bond of humanity stronger than any chain, though they refer jokingly to the chain as their wedding band. Unlike Jim, who quite inexplicably follows Huck into the Deep South after passing Cairo, Cullen prevails over his friend Joker and leads both of them to the North. Yet, if a civil rights era audience required these more realistic emendations to the Huck and Jim story, they were no less in need of moral reassurance.
Like Jim who gives up his freedom to nurse the wounded Huck, Cullen chooses captivity with his white friend over freedom on his own. In an exchange added by Darabont, Red tells Any that the sisters are not homosexuals: "You have to be human first.
They don't qualify. The Green Mile or Escape from Alcatraz. A reading of this story as a retelling the Huck-Jim story therefore becomes possible only with the casting of an African-American for this part. In the actual film, Freeman delivers the same line as the conclusion to the same dialogue: when Robbins, slightly confused, asks why he is called Red.
Yet the exchange also typifies the way the film as a whole mystifies the issue of race in America by seeming to avoid it altogether. Local casting director Lynn Meyers claims that it was Darabont who chose Freeman as the man he would most want to have as his best friend in prison personal interview.
Yet whatever the original motivation may have been, the decision to cast Red as a black man entirely altered the intertextual resonances of the film, situating it in the powerful tradition of the biracial escape narrative going back through The Defiant Ones to Huckleberry Finn and beyond. Although we are often told to act as if that were the case, people of color and those who take their stories seriously know it is not.
American audiences would be no more able to ignore race in The Shawshank Redemption, than they were later that year in the trial of actor and football legend O. As recently as , African-Americans in Los Angeles had rioted when an all-white jury exonerated a group of police officers who had been videotaped beating a helpless African-American, Rodney King.
Likewise, the best-selling Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life proved, if not that intelligence is correlated with race as its authors hoped, then at least that Americans retained a powerful fascination with the idea. The film frankly acknowledges what was obvious to Americans of every political persuasion and ethnic background in , that racial conflict was a serious issue in American life.
Paradoxically, this continuing fascination with race accompanied a growing denial of race as a meaningful factor in American society: although the O. African-Americans understood that, whether or not Simpson was guilty of the crime, this was also a story about the way black men are handled by the justice system. What white Americans wanted was a story about American justice in which race no longer mattered. In this story, racial profiling and racist denigration could be treated as individual aberrations well on their way to extinction in an otherwise color-blind system.
Thus there is nothing in the film to remind viewers that Red was supposed to have been white and nothing but the color of his skin to call attention to the fact that he is not. Simpson trial [Arac 23]. Andy was … that part of me that will rejoice no matter how old and broken and scared the rest of me is. Andy is Red's mystery and ultimately his redeemer, saving him from despair at the frequent rejections by the parole board and ultimately empowering him to "get busy living" rather than giving up or committing suicide like Brooks Hatlen.
A poignant scene in the film shows Red, released from prison but near despair, looking at a display of guns and compasses in a pawn shop window. Remembering Andy's words, he chooses the compass, literally and symbolically setting his life on the correct path. Andy confounds his would-be-rapist with a confident deployment of scientific language about the autonomous response to brain injury entirely false but effective.
Simpler than his lead partner, the foil-of-color exhibits little or no moral ambiguity. Thus, even before Freeman had been chosen, the role was already beginning to embody those characteristics that white audiences have always admired in African-American characters. What do you really want to know? Am I sorry for what I did? I look back on the way I was then, a young, stupid kid who did that terrible crime. I want to talk to him; I want to try to talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are.
But I can't. That kid's long gone and this old man is all that's left. I gotta to live with that. Because to tell you the truth, I don't give a shit. As written, this speech might be understood as the outburst of one aggrieved man, or more universally as the rebuke of the downtrodden individual to the Kafkaesque machinations of power.
This moment is significant as an indication of the film's potential to confront the unspoken politics of race, as The Defiant Ones had earlier. Instead, that potential is consistently undermined as the film manages instead to deny the reality of those politics altogether. In , when the Marriage of Figaro scene is supposed to have taken place, the African-American population of a Maine state prison would have been close to zero.
Even by the year after Shawshank Redemption was released , that population had reached only 1. Nevertheless, in one shot of roughly inmates in the yard, about eight six percent are black. Shots of the infirmiry and woodshop add at least three to that number, raising the rate to over seven percent. Although race may not have contributed to the initial decision to cast Freeman as the second principal, its impact on the audience's interpretation of his character would have been far greater set against the otherwise all-white backdrop of an historically accurate mise-en-scene.
Thus the film chooses an appearance of racial diversity over historical accuracy and, in sharp contrast to the realities of prison life, a diversity unmarred by any racial identifications or conflicts. Red remains the exceptional individual insofar as the speaking roles are otherwise exclusively white, but the happily integrated mis-en-scene reassures us that such matters are irrelevant and perhaps always have been, at least since the s.
In the script, the landlady who shows Red to his room in the Brewster Hotel is described as "a black woman," one of only two cases where race is actually specified It is presumably a different landlady from the one who, years earlier, shows Brooks Hatlen to the same room. The moment should be one of intense loneliness and alienation, an effect that might have been compromised by the appearance at that moment of a fellow African-American in this otherwise uniformly white Maine town.
It is a small, uncredited role and may not have been cast with these intentions, but one result of the alteration is to prevent even the unintended implication that race might still be of any consequence in America. Or, if this was not the right ending for the book, what ending would have been right? In founding its hope for redemption on the myth of the romantic individual, Twain effectively shuts out the public discourse that surrounded the issue of slavery and thus unwittingly exposes the complicity of the liberal tradition in the continuation of racism.
Yet there is a paradox. They're outcasts or misfits against the system, and they link up with one another. In that sense, it's like Huck and Jim on that raft - two men chained together, outside of the established order. In The Defiant Ones , the romantic gesture of lighting out for the territory is sacrificed to allow for a resolution in which Cullen and Joker can presumably live out their new friendship absent their old prejudices.
In the end, it is Cullen who gives up on a genuine chance for freedom when the wounded Joker is unable to leap with him onto a northbound freight train. In a gesture ridiculed by black audiences, Cullen jumps off the train, choosing prison with his white friend over freedom on his own. In at least one film version, Huck gives his money to Jim, but there is never any suggestion of him sacrificing his freedom.
However, while King leaves Red, Jim-like, to make his way in the world, Darabont resolves what for modern readers has always been a troubling conclusion to Huckleberry Finn. Yet there are historical reasons for such an ahistorical conclusion. To have left Jim enslaved would have meant questioning the grounds on which the North at least believed it had fought the Civil War. In his novella, King also leaves us with hope, tempered by our recognition of the psychological and physical obstacles still facing Red.
We need triumph. It was only at the suggestion of Liz Glotzer from Castle Rock and after the rest of the film had been shot that he wrote in the unification of Red and Andy on the beach.
This is no return to romance, like Huckleberry Finn , but a stark constrast between the cold, gray confinement of the prison and a perfect freedom. Ironically, the old boat that Andy is working on is beached at mid-tide, suggesting though surely Darabont did not intend this suggestion that in only a few hours the beginnings of their new freedom will be undone by powerful forces still operating beyond their control.
Earlier in the film, in the prison yard, the same lines establish Red as a man of some authority within the limited scope of prison life.
Yet what may have made The Shawshank Redemption so satisfying to mass audiences is its ahistorical quality. It might seem curious, then, that this film, whose action from to encompasses most of the civil rights era, could so scrupulously avoid any reference to the dramatic changes that really were being effected then by righteous individuals on the outside. Time zones, television and public transportation schedules, and even public clocks all reassure us that we do indeed share the same world.
For the film's unincarcerated audience, the inmates' isolation from the active outside world allows the Red-Andy relationship to be idealized and dehistoricized, like Jim and Huck safely on the raft in the middle of the river. Indeed the history of biracial escape narratives beginning with Huckleberry Finn has been a history of attempted escapes from history itself — paradoxically so, insofar as each reflects the psychosocial needs of audiences at its own moment in time.
It is indeed interesting that The Shawshank Redemption , arguably the most successful film of this genre, was not written as a biracial escape narrative at all, but became one only through the fortuitous casting of one of the principals. Some might view its success in spite of this deviation from the script as evidence for the irrelevance of race in casting or in contemporary American society; I would argue that this seemingly small deviation made the film successful in part by offering its white viewers evidence of racial harmony not readily found on the streets or in the headlines.
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These are familiar themes in American literature and central to Huckleberry Finn , but a much more volatile theme, equally rooted in American myth, is that of the possibility of interracial friendship, figured most frequently in a bond between a young white man and an older, sympathetic black companion. More specifically, it seems to these critics an affirmation of the power of our innate goodness to overcome prejudice and a celebration of the capacity of white and black Americans, individually if not collectively, to make racial difference irrelevant. The fact that racism remains endemic to American society — a legacy of that entanglement with slavery — makes the solution suggested by Huckleberry Finn , founded as it is on the myth of the romantic individual, more reassuring than effective. The first screen adaptation relied heavily on minstrel stereotypes in its depiction of Jim as the good-natured darkie, dancing and rolling his eyes. Jim is a more serious character than in , but his passivity allows Huck a more heroic status.
It tells the story of banker Andy Dufresne Tim Robbins , who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murders of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence. Over the following two decades, he befriends a fellow prisoner, contraband smuggler Ellis "Red" Redding Morgan Freeman , and becomes instrumental in a money-laundering operation led by the prison warden Samuel Norton Bob Gunton. Darabont purchased the film rights to King's story in , but development did not begin until five years later, when he wrote the script over an eight-week period. While the film is set in Maine, principal photography took place from June to August almost entirely in Mansfield, Ohio , with the Ohio State Reformatory serving as the eponymous penitentiary. Thomas Newman provided the film's score.
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Andy Dufresne was a successful banker when he was wrongfully sentenced to 2 life terms in Shawshank prison for killing his wife and her lover.