The world of Shawshank Prison dwells on the middle and lower floors of this universe. Nineteen years of imprisonment, suffering, bestiality and bleakness surround the protagonist, Andy Dufresne, unjustly incarcerated for murdering his wife and her lover, Glenn Quentin.
Andy offers Hadley some financial advice by telling him to give the money to his wife as a one-time tax-free gift. What hooks you?
There are inmates like The Sisters who beat and rape people for their own personal gain. Having motive, opportunity, and no credible alibi, Andy nevertheless insists on his innocence until the end.
As a God-fearing man, the warden introduces new convicts to one rule: respect the Lord and never take His name in vain.
You know how looking at a math problem similar to the one you're stuck on can help you get unstuck? The condition is that Tommy will not divulge the details of Andy's case anywhere.
Norton goes on about living by the Good Book and reading the Bible every day. And Andy offers hope to another inmate, Tommy Williams, who is coached through School Equivalency examinations by Andy and sits the papers, only to screw the sheets up in despair during the test, so frustrated is he by his puny efforts.