Recognize the line? Red (Morgan Freeman), spoke these words to Andy (Tim Robbins) in “Shawshank Redemption”. Andy had just finished up a week “in the Hole” (a brutal isolation penalty). Andy and his friends were sitting in the cafeteria:
Andy: I had Mr. Mozart to keep me company. [points and taps his head, pauses]
Andy: It was in here. [gestures over his heart]
Andy: And in here. [looks around, referring to Shawshank Penitentiary] That’s the beauty of music. They can’t get that from you. Haven’t you ever felt that way about music?
Red: I played a mean harmonica as a younger man. Lost interest in it though. Didn’t make much sense in here (referring to Shawshank Penitentiary).
Andy: Here’s where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don’t forget.
Andy: Forget that there are places in this world that aren’t made out of stone. That there’s something inside…that they can’t get to, that they can’t touch. That’s yours.
Red: What are you talking about?
Red: Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. It’s got no place here. Better get used to the idea.
Andy: Like Brooks did?
Great movie. I cautiously recommend “Shawshank Redemption” because of the language and the violence. As for HOPE, I definitely recommend it. Part of what Red was talking about is death; or numbness (is that a word?). I can see one’s reasoning about shutting down hope while one is in a penitentiary: just be dead; become numb. And, for that matter, this choice to have hope reflects the courage of Andy … to live with hope, in such a dark & depraved place.
Hope has the potential to disappoint us. And hope sets us free.