The Green Mile

 

                   John Coffey is a gentle giant and main character of The Green Mile that endures prison and ultimate execution for trying to use his “God-like” healing powers. In the midst of John trying to revive these girls he was found guilty, unjustly blamed for their rape and murder. John Coffey’s odds were stacked against him being a  black man in Louisiana during the 1930’s. Meanwhile, the actual murderer was in the cell across from him throughout the movie, taunting him. The Green Mile initially comes to mind because death circulates throughout this film. 

                Coffey’s supernatural powers play a powerful spiritual role (without being overpowering) in a religious sense for those who choose to see it. As discussed in class how do you define a soul or someone’s spirit? A theme of the film is good versus evil, among criminals and even some of his captors John still used his powers for the overall good. As provided in the clip, Mr. Jingles was the beloved pet of one of a pitiful prisoners. Percy, an evil security officer on the mile stomped Mr. Jingles dead. Miraculously John mustered up all of his energy and healed the pet mouse leaving the guards and inmates astonished . It shows Coffey releasing the “death” of Mr. Jingles as fly like insects escape his mouth and Mr. Jingles is revived. This particular part in the movie sends a message of denying death, that irreversibility factor isn’t honored. We all wish our childhood pet Spot or Snuggles could have been revived by Coffey. 

                Coffey also uses his power to heal a woman of cancer and one of the security officer’s urinary tract infection played by Tom Hanks. This films sends mixed messages in regards to the language about death. The super natural element of healing definitely denies death. No touch can cure cancer or bring back pets but ultimately John Coffey cannot escape execution. He dies an innocent mean which sends a strong message of the harsh reality life can offer. 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “The Green Mile

  1. I like the movie and scene choice you selected. John does deny death by brining the life back to Mr. Jingles after the officer stomped on. This scene shows how he will not let the wicked control life and death. What is even more interesting is how later on in the movie John breathed all the evil into that same officer leaving him basically brain dead or mentally challenged to where he spends the rest of his life in an insane asylum. Death is bound to happen to all of us whether we try to deny it through medical advances to extend our life or allow the natural process of life to just run its course. We will never be able to beat death.

  2. You did really well on describing this movie and the death in it. I do agree with you when you say that America is a death denying culture when you see Coffey heal the dead or almost dead. He brings back Mr. Jingles, and he heals the old woman, then breathed the “dead” into the officer, making him mentally retarded. Obviously, every viewer knows this is not possible, but the makers of this film still portrayed America as “death denying”. Since Coffee has these powers, it also gives the viewers hope that he will actually live in the end. America denied the fact that he was going to. The viewers believed that he would be found innocent and set free, but he’s not. Coffey also says that he is tired and ready to die. This part shows the actually death without denying it. It does not portray much of the grieving process, just mainly you see that everyone is somewhat sad to see him go. This movie tried to make it seem like death could be avoided through a magical healer, which shows our “death denying” society again. There’s no way to ever outrun death, no matter what.

  3. First of all, great movie choice! You illustrated your point very well by using this scene in particular. Coffey does cause viewers to receive mixed signals regarding death because he gives the impression that death is reversible. I like how you were able to use Coffey’s healing powers to mention the spiritual aspect of the film. Doing so definitely makes us take into account what we believe a soul is and what it entails. I also enjoyed how you tossed in a bit of humor with the names spot and snuggles. It really enhanced the mood of your blog! Nicely done.

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