Films of moral struggle final

In his heart he never loses sight of the beauty of

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in his heart, he never loses sight of the beauty of the world outside Shawshank and that is why he can stay hopeful. Cliff on the other hand faces the crushing realization that his entire life is coming down around his ears. However Cliff, unlike Andy, has no life beyond his own to cherish and hope for. Cliff's only retreat are films, which by their very nature are temporary and not true to real life. Whereas Andy can focus on tangible aspects of a world he plans to rejoin, Cliff is left to grasp at the ghostly figures on the screen and wish he could live their perfect lives. Cliff's final conversation with Judah illustrates this point perfectly. Judah describes his situation in terms of a film and Cliff suggests the most artistic solution of turning himself in, to become ones own God, to which Judah replies that things like that only happen in movies. Andy can remain hopeful because he can keep the real world alive in his heart ,even in the depths of Shawshank, while Cliff loses hope because he wants to live in a world run by traditional movie morality and such a world does not exist.
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Profit at All Costs (Question 3) Turing on the news today one can never be exactly sure if they are watching a commercial, an advertisement, the actual news or some hybrid combination of the three. The name of the game these days seems to be entertainment, because the more entertaining your news is the more people will watch and the more people that watch the bigger a profit you make. Considering this it is hard not to see the film Network as oddly prophetic as it predicts these trends long before they became so mainstream. In Network it is repeatedly and abundantly made clear that the overwhelming desire for profit completely outweighs any other considerations. In the film Howard Beale is a news anchor about to be fired for dipping ratings. The film immediately establishes this to be a world that is utterly obsessed with ratings. After all, ratings translates to viewers which leads to advertisements which bring in profits. However, on his last broadcast Beale has a mental breakdown on air which results in an absolute media circus. Suddenly Beale is thrust into the public eye, and the people simply can not get enough of him. Beale is quite
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  • Spring '13
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  • Cliff, The Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne, Morgan Freeman, 67th Academy Awards

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