Why did Hadley buy the beer?


Being the hardest screw to ever walk a turn at Shawshank State Prison and all I never understood why he bought them beer? He could've just gotten the forms and forced Andy to fill them out.

Maybe he wasn't such a bad guy afterall....assuming we ignore the multiple murders he committed that we know of.

Maybe he pissed in the beers (they were in the bucket already opened)

I'm curious. What're your thoughts?

reply

Even horrible people can be capable of showing gratitude. It was just some beer, he probably figured what the hell. After all Andy helped save him a lot of money

reply

Because he got lots of money.

It wasn't that big of a deal to buy a few beers in order to get the money Andy could save him. Just like the warden did have any problem cutting deals and bending rules for Andy in order to get the money he did.

It was worth it to them to keep Andy happy and everyone rich than to ruffle things. You saw how evil the warden could get when Andy tried to ruffle things though......murder and endless time in the dark cell.

reply

Probably talked it over with the rest of the screws and realized that Andy could be a useful long-term tool to have around.

reply

Also, I think deep down he had a sense of righteousness, albeit a warped one. Remember...he also gave that other inmate a beating for attacking Andy in the laundry room.

reply

Probably because it made him feel powerful. They were totally at his Mercy, and he could either mistreat them as he often did, or treat them. Both modes of treatment are a function of his need to dominate them completely, likely to compensate for lacking that control in other areas of his life.

reply

It was just showing that even he could lighten up a little if someone showed him respect. Hence when Red commented on him being magnanimous. He couldn’t bring himself to actually say thank you verbally, so the beers were his way of saying “I’m still in control but here’s a bone I’m willing to throw you for helping me.” Even the hardest of people can show some kindness when something works out in their favor. Andy probably saved him the equivalent of well over a half million dollars by today’s standards.

reply