"I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying." -Andy tells Red while he is making his choice between escaping from Shawshank or not, aen kept him from taking the trial to prove his innocence.
Early Life Edit
He graduated from the University of Maine with a degree corporate analytical.
Andy received 2 life sentences for murdering his wife and the golf player she was having an affair with, a crime that Andy did not commit. Andy was the Vice President of a big bank which Red said was good work for a man as young as he was.
Andy became an important asset to the warden and the prison staff because of his knowledge of finances and tax law. He was exempt from manual labor and harassment by his fellow inmates. He wrote letters to the state for six years asking for books and funds to help build a prison library. After he succeeds, he is thrown in the hole for playing a song over the speaker so the entire prison can hear. Andy continues to send letters until the state sends him an annual fund of 500 dollars "just to shut him up."
Throughout the early 1960s, Andy built the Brooks Hatlen Memorial Library. By 1963 he had built the finest prison library in all of New England. The same year, the warden started his new public service program where the prisoners would work outside the walls. In reality it was simply a way for the Warden to make money from the cheap labor of the inmates. Andy, using an entity named Randall Stephens, laundered the Warden's money. In 1965 Tommy Williams arrived at Shawshank and Andy and his friends took a liking to him soon after he arrived. Soon he was a part of their gang. Tommy wanted to try for his GEDso Andy helped him. When he took his test he thought he had failed and had a breakdown. Andy sent in the test anyway, and Tommy passed with a C+ average. Tommy told Red and Andy he knew who really killed Andy's wife and her lover. It was his former cellmate at another prison, Elmo Blatch. Andy went to the warden and told him about the new evidence. The Warden didn't want to let Andy get a new trial and leave Shawshank, so after Andy called him obtuse, he sent Andy to the hole. During Andy's stay in the hole, Tommy was murdered by the Warden and Captain Hadley. Once he was released from the hole, Andy realized that the warden was never going to let him leave Shawshank State Penitentary.
In 1966, Andy escaped from Shawshank. He had spent 20 years tunneling through the wall of his cell with his rock hammer, covering up the hole with his poster of Raquel Welch
After Tommy was shot by Hadley under the command of Norton because he knew information that could support Andy's innocence, Andy decided he had been there long enough. On a stormy night, he took the warden's shoes, he hid his rock hammer in the wardens Bible. He procured a 6-foot length rope, and tied a plastic bag filled with records and books.
He crawled through the tunnel, and attempted to busted a pipe open in unison with the thunder. After three attempts, the pipe burst and opened. He crawled through 500 yards of sewage, coming out into a river. He ripped off his inmate clothing, and basked in his freedom.
The next day, Andy started walking in the National Bank of Portland and nearly a dozen other banks, and, posing as Randall Stephens, he withdrew more than 370,000 dollars of the warden's money. He also mailed the evidence to the Daily Bugle, which published a story that caused Captain Hadley to be arrested and Warden Norton to commit suicide to avoid arrest for all the crimes he had committed.
After a few years he got reunited with his best friend Red.
Andy has an intelligent personality, thanks to the fact that he graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in corporate analytics. Although, another big personality that he holds is his introverted side. Therefore, he can be a soft-spoken person about ninety percent of the time. Around the end of the movie when he escapes, this shows he finally had the courage and determination to break out of the Shawshank Prison in 1966. This is a group of personas that he most notably inherits.
With social relationships, Andy is a moral and polite person, who offers to help people improve. Such as the time when he assisted Tommy in his English arts. Even though in the end Tommy had a fit of frustration on his test. Or like when Andy worked under Captain Hadley and Warden Norton to publish documents.