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The Green Mile - Stephen King

Categories:Horror, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

The Green Mile Analysis

Even though I know the end of this wonderful work, I couldn't find a single missing or error, it turned me upside down while reading. I think King's emotionally differentiated from his other books. In most of his books, King makes people nervous, but in this book he touches one's heart most intensely. King criticized the ugliest mistake in history in the best way possible with the Green Mile. It is already a very shocking book, but it shakes you even more deeply when you read the story it was inspired by. You will read the innocence of the character you see in the first moment, step by step, into his death by breaking your heart. This book, which I read very fondly, will always be on my bedside and I recommend it to everyone, will be in the first place on my ‘best’ list for years.

The Green Mile Short Summary

Cold Mountain is a famous prison where the most notorious criminals have ever been sent to the gallows with its corridor called Green Road. While the old Sparky death row in the ward E is waiting for the new criminal, guard Paul Edgecombe and his friends are about to experience an unforgettable adventure their entire life. Old Sparky's new guest is John Coffey, a big, a black man with a childlike attitude. From the time he came to the new ward, Coffey will be the most memorable character on the Green Road.

Convicted of rape and murder of two girls, Coffey accepted his fate and awaited the end. When the villagers arrived at the scene, the girls were found in his lap and he was sentenced to death because he never defended himself. One of the most important things that led him to death is the color of his skin. Because this happened in a place where being black is being guilty. Coffey, who has been transferred to the ward, has a very fragile spirit, despite the large size that can scare many people. It is not known where he came from, whether he really killed the girls. When Paul realizes that Coffey is different, he will witness many miracles there. The first miracle is that Eduard Delacroix's mouse was killed by the ruthless guard Percy, and Coffey brought the mouse back to life. This is like a fragment of the future events. Unlike other inmates, Coffey did not cause any problems, but he has been the center of attention for all the guards since he arrived at the ward.

Guardian Paul, who has been in prostate pains for a long time, is cured by Coffey at a time when his pain is most intolerable. After these events, Paul's doubts about Coffey's innocence begin to increase. In order to shed light on the suspicions within him, Paul goes to the place where the girls were killed, bringing a new perspective to the events, but finding no way to prove his suspicions.

Eduard ‘Del’ Delacroix, who is about to be executed, is going to the most painful death ever. In case of ordinary execution, every guard has a job. His family's pulling the strings, maladjusted, evil warden Percy will star in Del's execution. Percy, who has some disagreements with Del, is counting the days to avenge. Percy causes Del to die in pain by putting a dry sponge on the prisoner's head to increase the pain during death. This painful event deeply affects everyone in the ward.

Meanwhile, Wild Bill, who was brought to the ward after Coffey, is a pain in the ass, and ruining everyone’s peace. Wild Bill, who has done everything to make himself a notorious criminal, does nothing but trouble, has not actually confessed to all the crimes he has committed.

Melinda, wife of prison director Hal Moores, is in the final stage of a brain tumor. Witnessing the miracles of Coffey, guard Paul is confident that this tumor can be destroyed by Coffey and thus embarks on an irreversible path. The guards will take Coffey out of prison and take him to Moores' house and heal his wife. Coffey, who feels everything even though he hasn't been told anything, falls into the claws of Wild Bill just as he leaves the ward. As soon as Bill touches Coffey, he sees that he raped and killed two little girls. Coffey’s crime is one of Wild Bill’s most disgusting secrets. After Coffey heals Moores' wife, he arrives at the ward, informing Percy of all the illness that Moores had received from his wife and directs him to Bill. As a result of these events, Bill will die and Percy will lose his mind.

With the moment of execution coming, Coffey quietly heads towards Old Sparky, but Paul and all the guards are looking for a way to prove his innocence. Unable to tell anyone about Coffey's innocence for taking him out of jail for one night, the team headed for the most painful execution in their lives. Coffey says in his last conversation with Paul that he willingly embraced death, but Paul will not survive his remorse until he dies.

The only person who reads this story that Paul begins to write in his retirement home is Elaine, a friend in a nursing home. Sharing the whole story has given Paul peace of mind, but the day he cured Coffey's prostate was enough to see the end of all his friends and Elaine, and Paul is just waiting for death.

Convicted of the murder of two little girls in 1944, he was sentenced to death and inspired by the true story of George Stinney Jr., the youngest executed human being in history, this work that was written by Stephen King was also adapted to the film. Stinney, who was executed at the age of 14 and proved innocent after 70 years, is the biggest factor in Stephen King's writing the Green Mile. King, with his ingenious use of language and elements that enrich the story, has created a work that will not be scraped from memory for years.

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