With brutality on one hand, corruption also prevails on the other. For instance, the Warden Norton uses Andy to assist him in his operation of laundering money under the fake name of Randall Stevens. This opportunity comes when by his luck his discovers Hadley is in a problem related to tax on an inheritance and renders his fruitful advice on the same. He is then asked to look after the library and also renders financial counseling to the other guards. Hadley also beats up the group of ‘Sisters’ who refrains from bothering Andy henceforth.
Things were comfortable for Andy since his talents are being exploited by the Warden who uses the inmates for supplying labor force instead of skilled labor for which he receives incentives. Andy knows his corruption but has little way out. He takes a big risk by playing The Marriage of Figago for his inmates to hear despite knowing that he would be confined to solitary cell for this offense of rendering one pleasant moment. He carries on his good work by expanding the library after several attempts and with the help of the warden.
He dedicates the library to Brookes the old librarian who commits suicide after being released on parole since he could not adjust to the outside world. The movie set over a wide space of two decades joins different strands of stories taking place in the prison. This shows how Andy retains his integrity in the midst of the prison system that fails to help the prisoners survive after coming into the real world and emerging from being the witness to brutalities and actions which vouch against humanity.
An instance of unethical action and the bloody truth behind the dark practices of the Shawshank Prison is revealed when Tommy Williams (enacted by Gil Bellows) under robbery charges comes in contact with Andy. After hearing his case, Tommy tells him the news of another inmate Elmo Blatch who has been under the charges of a similar nature of murder and gives Andy the hope of proving his innocence. Andy gains hope with this story and Tommy promises to help him but Warden Norton refuses to oblige owing to the fear that Andy might reveal his corruption with money laundering to the outside world after being released.
They fall into a bickering and Andy is led to solitary confinement for sometime during which Tommy is murdered by Hadley under Norton’s instruction. When Norton informs him about the death of Tommy, saying that he was shot as he tried to escape, Andy refuses to help them any longer. In turn Norton threatens him saying, “Nothing stops.
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