Shawshank Redemption – SECTION SUMMARIES PAGES Pgs 1531 SETTING

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Shawshank Redemption – SECTION SUMMARIES
PAGES: pgs 15-31
SETTING
(WHERE/WHEN):
Shawshank Prison, Maine
The story is told in a series of flashbacks. In 1947 Andy was
convicted of murder.
CHARACTERS:
Red (narrator), Andy Dufresne, courtroom
WHAT HAPPENS:
Red is telling the story of a fellow-prisoner named Andy Dufresne. Red
tells the audience that he is guilty of murder. He then tells the
story of how Andy came to Shawshank. He was found guilty of killing
his wife and her lover. Andy wants a rockhammer and so he asks Red,
the go-to person, for it.
QUOTE THAT REVEALS CHARACTER:
“I knew him for close to thirty years and I can tell you that he was
the most self-possessed man I ever knew.” Pg. 21
QUOTE THAT REVEALS SETTING:
“Our yard is bigger, bigger than most, it is a perfect square and
ninety yards on the side.” Pg. 27
Shawshank Redemption– SECTION SUMMARIES
PAGES: 32 - 48
SETTING
(WHERE/WHEN):
May, 1950, the roof
CHARACTERS:
Red, Andy, Bogs Diamond and the other sisters, Byron Hadley and the
other guards
WHAT HAPPENS:
When Andy arrives at prison, he is harassed and eventually violated by
the sisters. It stops and Red guesses that Andy paid the guards to
beat the sisters. Andy asks Red for a poster of Rita Hayworth. In May,
1950, Red and Andy are given the special duty of tarring the roof.
Andy overhears Hadley complaining about how his $35, 000 inheritance
will be taxed by the government. As a banker, Andy advises Hadley to
“gift” the money to his wife. Andy will help him in return for three
beers apiece for his co-workers.
QUOTE THAT REVEALS CHARACTER:
“…I am describing someone more legend than man…” pg. 39 (Red
describing Andy)
QUOTE THAT REVEALS SETTING:
“May is one damn, find month for outside work…” pg. 40
“Maybe it was a sense of freedom, even inside these goddamned grey
walls.” Pg. 48
Shawshank Redemption – SECTION SUMMARIES
PAGES: 48-64
SETTING
(WHERE/WHEN):
Winter 1962, Solitary, Library.
CHARACTERS:
Warden Samuel, Tommy Williams, Elwood Blatch.
WHAT HAPPENS:
Andy asks the state and the warden for funds to the library. The
previous librarian Brooks was released. Norton institutes the
“Inside-Out” program. A new prisoner, Tommy Williams, has some new
information for Andy. While in another prison, he met an inmate named
Elwood Blatch who confessed to the murder of Quentin and Andy’s wife.
He brings this information to the Warden who has Andy sent to
solitary.
QUOTE THAT REVEALS CHARACTER:
“The man was the fooiest hypocrite I ever saw in a high position.” Pg.
57
QUOTE THAT REVEALS SETTING:
“Rita Hayworth hung on Andy’s wall until 1965”
PAGES: 64-80
SETTING
(WHERE/WHEN):
1963(solitary) 1967(prison yard)
CHARACTERS:
Tommy Williams, Warden Norton, Andy and Red
WHAT HAPPENS:
Andy tells Norton about Tommy William’s story, about how he knew a
prisoner, Elwood Blatch, who confessed to killing Quentin and Andy’s
wife. Andy tells Norton that he intends on hiring a lawyer and
retrying his case. Warden Norton does not like this for two reasons:
1) Andy might tell about Norton’s cheating and 2) Norton needs Andy to
cover the warden’s money trail. As an assurance, Norton sends Andy to
solitary and transfers Tommy to a better prison. Andy appeared harder
after his time in solitary. Andy confides in Red about how he is
doctoring the books for the warden. He also told Red about this fake
identity, Peter Stevens, who is keeping Andy’s money in a safety
deposit box. The key is in a hayfield in Buxton. Andy tells Red that
he wants to go to Mexico when he leaves. Red feels that this is an
absurd dream.
QUOTE THAT REVEALS CHARACTER:
“Andy Dufresne had changed. He had grown harder.” pg. 71
QUOTE THAT REVEALS SETTING:
“..bright, gold, fall day in early October”pg. 74
“…they say it has no memory, and that’s where I want to finish out my
life..” pg.75
PAGES: 80 - end
SETTING
(WHERE/WHEN):
1975(prison break), 1976 (writes narrative), 1977 (Red is paroled)
CHARACTERS:
Red, Andy/Peter Stevens
WHAT HAPPENS:
Red describing various prison break attempts and then he describes how
Andy escaped. He dug his way out using a rock hammer and the hole was
concealed with posters of hot babes. After Andy’s escape, Red writes
this narrative. He is paroled in 1977 and adds a few new pages to his
narrative. He finally decides to reunite with Andy.
QUOTE THAT REVEALS CHARACTER:
“Well, you weren’t writing about yourself…you were writing about Andy.
You’re nothing but a minor character in your own story…Andy was that
part of me they could never lock up…” pg. 100
QUOTE THAT REVEALS SETTING:
“There’s a big hayfield in Buxton…there’s a rock wall, right out of a
Robert Frost poem…” pg. 104 (allusion)