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The Green Mile
Transcript of The Green Mile
clear that John Coffey is innocent, unfortunately, there
is nothing Paul or the other guards can do for him,
and they must go through with his execution.
Reference The film seemed to be one big reference to the bible,
but more importantly Jesus Christ. John Coffey's journey
through death row reminded me a lot of the story of Jesus'
last days before his execution. There was a lot of reference in the movie to supernatural beings, tricksters, and body and soul. Supernatural Beings
"Taking away the bad" Tricksters In the film, there are two character's that I see as tricksters. The first is an inmate named "Wild Bill." The first time we come across him, he tricks the guards into believing that he'd doped and unable to move. They fall for it and when they get back to the prison he strikes, choking one of them and fighting the others. This is one of the many times he trick people in the movie. John Coffey was portrayed much like Jesus Christ in this film. He had the ability to see what was in a persons heart, but on top of that he had the supernatural ability to heal people and animals, something he referred to as "taking back the bad." Tricksters The second trickster in the film was Percy Wetmore. He was a prison guard on the mile who acted out of line a whole lot. On multiple occasions he tricked the other guards into thinking he was a changed man and would act as a friend to them. He most devious trick was when he faked wetting the sponge for an inmates execution in the electric chair. Body and Soul When John Coffey "took the bad" it looked as though he was taking the bad part of their soul. This ties in to mythological beliefs that when someone became ill it was because they committed some form of transgression. John Coffey was taking the transgression out of them, in essence he was forgiving them of their sin. Biblical/ Religious References
Throughout the film references to god are made by multiple characters. Some of these are out of praise and others are in vain. What sticks out to me in the conversation that takes place between John and Paul the day before his execution. Paul say's to John " On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God, and He asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles, what am I gonna say? That it was my job? My job?" This sticks out because it is an acknowledgment of the reference to biblical themes. Biblical References Continued References to Angels and heaven also show up in this film. When John is watching his flicker show he says Why, they's Angels. Angels, just like up in heaven" regarding the characters dancing and singing on screen. Also right before his execution, while hes sitting in the electric chair, he sobs "Heaven, i'm in heaven. Heaven, heaven, i'm in heaven. Heaven, heaven i'm in heaven
Reference to Jesus' death In the story of Jesus' death he is condemned to die for something he didn't do. In the movie John Coffey is also condemned to die for something he didn't do. According to the story in the bible, "From noon on, darkness came over the whole land...he breathed his last...the earth shook"(Matthew 27:45,50-52). When John Coffey's execution takes place, the room is dark, much like the story in the bible. At the end of his death, the lights in the room explode and the room shakes, much like the story of Jesus' death with the lightening and earthquake. Works Cited http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120689/
Saint Paul Edition Holy Bible