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of Coffey s mouth following the healings were symbolic of the sickness leaving. He inhaled the sickness or ailment of each person (and the mouse) that he healed into himself. The bugs leaving his mouth signified that the sickness was cured, and that he had indeed helped . Evaluation: Paul so perfectly put into words his own life, and even more so his burden of living. Paul is really the tragic character of the story. Paul is probably over 100 years old, and has come to the point where he doesn t want to live any longer. Where John Coffey was able to die when he came to the conclusion that the world didn t want him, Paul is trapped in a body that seems to fend off almost every illness due to Coffey s healing Paul s urinary tract infection. He has seen everyone close to him die, worst of all surviving a bus crash that took his beloved wife, while barely injuring him. The last part of the journey through Paul s life explains the hardships he has faced, and how he now wishes for death much like Coffey did. He learns that he has no control over his own destiny no matter how much he wishes that it could be different. Ending the story he explains: We each owe a death, there are no exceptions, I know that, but sometimes, oh God, the Green Mile is so long.