Originally Posted by instant_karma
I still don't see anything here that goes against the idea that Red is simply the Narrator, telling the story of Andy, the Protagonist.
If you don't think Red's role fits this already pretty well established storytelling device, could you please explain why.
It seems like you're trying to sell a new paradigm to replace one that currently works perfectly well.
here's my take that i posted several pages back.
redd talks about how he spent so many years inside that he didn't think he could survive in the real world. remember when the first old guy got released and hung himself? redd thought he was on that same path but andy's desire to get out of that prison even after 17 years inspired him to survive out there. that's why redd is the protagonist and andy is the main character.