Heads-up: In case you’ve been waiting all this time for the 20th anniversary to come around in order to watch it, this post contains spoilers for The Shawshank Redemption.
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Zihuatanejo is a small coastal city that sits along the Gulf of Mexico. I can’t say for sure but I think that it may be most famous as the sanctuary for one of the greatest prison breaks in cinematic history. For those of you who don’t know the town or the movie reference (or just need a refresher) it’s from The Shawshank Redemption. This movie was released nearly twenty years ago and still seems to resonate with people today. While a movie about a man in prison may not immediately seem relatable, it does seem to hold some universal truths about hope, friendship and overcoming adversity.
I’ve always admired that enviable freedom of spirit that Andy Dufresne has, it just seems to flow out of the screen to the viewer. Even after he is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, he never looses hope in the beauty of life, despite one injustice after another. Sometimes it can be hard to live that way, letting go of the bad can be tough when it seems to have an internal grip on you. That’s part of what makes Andy so easy to root for, you don’t want to see the darkness get in and take ahold of this hopeful man.
It’s later in the movie when, by every outward impression, it appears that our hero has given in and is broken. Of course, we learn this is not the case and our champion of spirit has been harboring a secret.