The Shawshank Redemption

In this movie, there is a shot I always remember. Andy insisted on writing to the governor. He wants to establish a prison library. For me, when I first saw that Andy insisted on building a library, I could not understand it. As a sponsor, Andy can use a simply way to literacy practiced for prison inmates rather than choosing the most difficult way–build a library. Andy success to build a prison library and taught non-commissioned prison inmates that read books and helped them get a high school diploma. Then I found that in the following picture, the library always had a lot of prisoners who read the book quietly. They are very quiet in the library and concentrate on reading.

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The Shawshank Redemption

This passage reminds me of a TED TALK we’ve seen. The speaker is Laura Boushnak, she talk about in some parts of the world, half of the women lack basic reading and writing skills. The reasons vary, but in many cases, literacy isn’t valued by fathers, husbands, even mothers. But there are still many women who have changed their lives through education.

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woman fight for education

By comparing these two things, I found that reading is an important way to change the fate, whether in prison or in backward areas.  Perhaps just give them a reading opportunity, their change will be shocking.

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