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HOPE: "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

Movie quote from: The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - Andy Defresne (Tim Robbins)

shawshankIn The Shawshank Redemption, prison has sucked the life out of Red (Morgan Freeman).  He has lost all hope, accepting that he will never see freedom again.  Into that life comes Andy Defresne (Tim Robbins), a prisoner who knows the importance of keeping hope alive.  Andy's arrival sparks a renewed sense of possibility for Red.  His life would never be the same.

Hope is the vital foundation for all future plans and dreams.  Without hope, there is no reason to believe life can be better.  Hopeful people never give up on their quest to improve life's circumstance.  Don't like how it is?  There's always tomorrow.    

Red's sense of possibility is rekindled just by hanging around with his persistently constructive new friend.  Thanks to Andy's proactive nature, the convicts get cold beer on a hot day, an expanded library collection, and the elimination of various prison predators who previously had their way too many times.  Who knows what new and interesting things can happen when Andy/hope is around?

Stephen King's screenplay for The Shawshank Redemption is a testimony to the inspiring capacity of hope.  Even prisoners can escape the inhumanity of their existence by maintaining a little hope.  We all need to remain hopeful throughout our lives. 

By the end of the film, Red's outlook has come around completely, feeling the excitement of his life as-yet-unfulfilled.  His final thoughts are, "I find I'm so excited I can barely sit or hold a thought in my head.  I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain.  I hope I can make it across the border.  I hope I can see my friend and shake his hand.  I hope the Pacific is as blue as it is in my dreams.  I hope."

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