Shawshank Redemption Dramatic Male Monologue

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Shawshank Redemption is a cult classic. It has motivated millions of people to pay attention to man’s trial and tribulation through prison in the early 20th century.This monologue concentrates on the  the moment when Red finally stands up to the system and asserts his own terms of redemption.

Film The Shawshank Redemption
Author Frank Darabont
Role Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding
Actor Morgan Freeman

Red Redding:

Rehabilitated? Well, now, let me see. You know, I don’t have any idea what that means. I know what you think it means, sonny. To me, it’s just a made up word. A politician’s word, sonny. Young fellas like yourself can wear a suit and a tie and have a job. What do you really want to know? Am I sorry for what I did? There’s not a day goes by I don’t feel regret. Not because I’m in here. Because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then. A young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try to talk some sense to him. Tell him the way things are. But I can’t. That kid’s long gone and this old man’s all that’s left. I got to live with that. Rehabilitated? That’s just a bullshit word. So you go on and stamp your form, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because, to tell you the truth, I don’t give a shit.


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