In Stephen King 's "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," a man known as Red tells the story of Andy Dufresne. The authorities arrested Andy for a crime he did not commit and as a result, he ended up in the Shawshank penitentiary with Red. Red described how prison life could take away all hope of surviving on the outside, but for some reason, it did not take Andy 's hope. Red pondered at the fact that Andy was full of hope for many years. His pondering would cease when Andy broke out of jail in a hole he had dug through the wall.
Morgan Freeman narrated Boggs never walked again and that he spent the rest of his days drinking his food through a straw. The corruption in Shawshank started with Warden Norton’s work program for inmates to do a service to the community. Warden Norton took a bribe from Ed so that Ed could secure a job to keep his business from going under. “This pool of slave labor you got can underbid any contractor in town” stated Ed. “Behind every shady
Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Date Solitary Nation Documentary Introduction Solitary prison does not only make a prisoner commit more crimes but also have devastating psychological effects on the individual. In the Solitary Nation film, the prisoner narrates on his ordeal having been out in prison for arson. The prisoner describes the solitary cell as being buried alive and being at a place where no one wants you (Edge).
Steve has put on trial for felony murder, a crime in which he insists he did not commit. He has lost all but one of his possessions, his journal. In this journal steve writes about his experience in jail and what happens on trial in the courtroom. He formats it into a movie script, with the occasional notes pages, and titles it Monster. In the book Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, he writes about a young man named Steve, he is a sixteen year old African American who has been put on trial.
For example, “… inmate Benny Rochelle dragged his cell mate off the top bunk, killing the man, when he could not find his honey bun.” Citizens outside of prison people are committing crimes by stealing or killing, all for either money or drugs even both; which leads them into prison. Then we have them going to prison committing a similar crime but, only for a honey bun. Don’t you think it’s funny how prisoners in Florida who found a substitution for money, drugs and another way of committing crimes for something so simple. The reading, “Honey Buns Sweeten Life for Florida Prisoners” is a perfect example to define irony in my opinion.
Overall, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee is a novel that does a good job of showing how innocence can be destroyed by the display of evil. Innocence was destroyed many times at the trial. All the kids felt the bad vibes in the courthouse, but it was Jem who took the hardest blow. Jem believed that the court would indict Tom because Atticus provided hard evidence that he was innocent. He thought
Stasiland (2002) is a non-fiction journalistic text written by Anna Funder whereas, in 1984 (1949) written by George Orwell is a dystopian novel. Both texts look at how oppression works and what they have in common is the oppression of individualities. Anne funder is looking at what really happened, yet it is still horrific however, Orwell takes it to an extreme because it’s a novel. In addition to this, in Stasiland people’s privacy and freedom is being invaded because of the uncontrollable power that the Stasi holds. This is the same with 1984, Big Brother and how they would watch everything that happens to every single individual so they’re not going against the country.
Etheridge Knight “Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane” is about a man who stands against the workers of the jail. Hard Rock also represents how people struggle with police authority. The prisoner felt like Hard Rock saved them from a lot while in prison. The line “He had been our Destroyer, the doer of things” (504) talks about how Hard Rock destroyed the people for the prisoners. Hard Rock does things that the other prisoners would not imagine doing because of his reputation o f being violent.
Darren is revealed to be the one who goes in and out of prison. As a matter of fact, much of the experience that he relates during the movie is based on the times he spent incarcerated. Chris who also sits around with Darren all day is also into to criminal activity and speaks of his brother, who never appears in the movie, as being in prison. Additionally, there is Rocks’ gang, which appears to be drug dealers as Rock showed off a huge amount of money when he wanted to impress upon Ricky that he did not want his football since he was able to purchase many. There was also another criminal gang, rivals of Dough Boy’s gang, which eventually kills
In Adam Gopnik 's piece “Caging of America,” he discusses one of the United States biggest moral conflicts: prison. Gopniks central thesis states that prison itself is a cruel and unjust punishment. He states that the life of a prisoner is as bad as it gets- they wake up in a cell and only go outside for an hour to exercise. They live out their sentences in a solid and confined box, where their only interaction is with themselves. Gopnik implies that the general populace is hypocritical to the fact that prison is a cruelty in itself.
Kurt Vonnegut enlisted in the United States Army at the time of World War II. He was captured as a prisoner of war where he received much of his literary inspiration for Slaughterhouse-Five. The anti war theme throughout the book is touched on and also rebutted when Vonnegut states, “there would always be wars, that they were as easy to stop as glaciers” (Vonnegut 4). Vonnegut knows he is writing an anti war book but also is aware that wars cannot altogether be halted he is only trying to relay the horrors of war. The number of innocent victims killed by the bombing is alarming and Vonnegut keeping with his anti war theme made it a point to center his novel around the Dresden bombing which increased knowledge of what the historical city Dresden once was.
In Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird, it is shown that when people view justice through the eyes of society, true justice no longer exists. Despite all of Atticus’ effort to prove Tom’s innocence, he is declared guilty and sent to prison. During his trial, it eventually becomes apparent that Tom is innocent, but the entire trial was never actually about who the real convict was because, to society, it all came down to White v. Black. Atticus recognized this, and sadly found that even hoping for the innocent Tom Robinson to go free was a lost cause. He had known, from the beginning, what side society had chosen: race over true justice.
Interestingly, the show presents women, both in jail and not, to often be innocent victims doomed by circumstances. Inmates Alex and Piper blame men for “forcing” them into the drug and money trafficking business and eventually in jail. Piper’s friend, Polly, uses her innocence from having a bad husband to justify her affair with Piper’s boyfriend Larry. However, men still receive all of the blame and are presented to be the real “bad guys” of the show. Worth noting is that this show passes the Bechdel Test without hitting you over the head with
The concept of the Lord of the Flies begins from the root of the world-- corruption. William Golding, the author of this famous, as well as infamous book, conveys a story about young boys set on an abandoned island to survive alone. These boys resemble the disappearance of order when civility situates itself in the wrong hands. This book supports Thomas Hobbes’ ideology of mankind being naturally "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short" without appropriate order. Taken into the account of this ideology, Jahmal Lightfoot, a prison inmate jailed for robbery, quoted by the New York Times article, “testified that he had been singled out for a beating by officers who believed that he thought himself ‘tough’”.
Michael Scofield gets himself in enough trouble in order for him to get sent to the same penitentiary as his brother’s in. Michael’s main idea is to get his brother Lincoln Burrow’s out of the prison, who has been set up and wrongly convicted, and will be incarcerated within a shorter amount of time, giving Michael a tight deadline. Michael is no harm to anybody in the prison; however, he breaks a lot of rules, and one of them is getting his brother out of jail. Michael accomplished tricking the whole system and planning on how to get his brother out of jail, meanwhile the prison guard’s believed they were just working.