Shawshank Redemption Book Summary and Study Guide

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Imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, Andy Dufresne spends a quarter of a century confined to the less than accommodating quarters of Shawshank Prison. He cannot prove his innocence because no one will listen, so he spends that time constructively. With the aid of a small rock hammer and a pin-up picture of the actress, Rita Hayworth, Andy Dufresne attempts to do something which has been done seldom if ever--escape from Shawshank!
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The review of this Book prepared by Bill Brumlow

A man named Andrew Dufresne is wrongly accused and sentence to jail for the murder of his wife and her husband. In the outside world he was an innocent man...he had to come to jail to become a crook.
The review of this Book prepared by Mellie

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious    -   Very obvious Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's    -   1930's-1950's Disaster, natural or nuclear    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   20's-30's    -   long lived adults


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   hanging Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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