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The director of The Shawshank redemption influences the audience in order to manipulate them into thinking what he wants them to think He forces his opinions onto them in order to provoke a response and gain the audiences sympathy He does this with the use of devices such as camera angles lighting sound and other things In the opening scenes of the Shawshank redemption the director manipulates us to feel sympathy towards the main character Andy Dufresne by portraying him as a calm and gentle man The audiences expectations are immediately defeated as they wouldnt expect a calm person in prison The director purposely uses our expectations to make us think he doesnt belong there right from the start The director provokes sympathy by using Andy Dufresnes character and manipulating footage to show his good side For example this can be seen in the sexual abuse scene the Sisters attack Andy Dufresne with knives in order for him to fulfil their sexual desires but Andy Dufresne is not a violent man and maintains his ability to stay calm by not hitting them He defends himself by using his intellect as opposed to violence which reinforces the audiences opinion that he is innocent and that he doesnt belong in prison and maintains their sympathy This also shows him to be a role model for the audience which again brings us to think that he doesnt belong there Even though we know that he is a criminal our pity is always drawn towards him because we are never shown his evil side Not being shown his evil side gives us evidentiary support that he doesnt belong in the prison We are told that at the beginning he was a bad husband but are never shown what he did and to what extent is a husband defined as bad We tend to only believe what we see and as we do not visually see Andy
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