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Viewing Worksheet

Complete the following questions as you watch the film. 

The Beginning Scene(s)

  • What happens to Andy du Fresne and Red?
  • What do we learn of Andy's and Red's characters?

Introduction to Shawshank

  • What do we learn of the nature of the prison? Give examples.


  • What does Andy endure in the first few years? Be accurate and specific.

The Rooftop Scene

  • What do you learn about dignity, courage and hope from this scene?

The Library

  • What does the library represent to Andy? Think about time, education, friends, music and hope.


  • Identify a scene where music is important. Explain how it is used and to what effect.

Minor Characters

  • Using evidence from the film, explain the following peoples characteristics and say why they are important:
  • The Warden
  • Brooks

The Ending

  • What happens at the end of the film? What message does it send to society?

Published on: 05 Dec 2010