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.