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The Green Mile Essay, Research Paper For my third quarter book report I read The Green Mile written by Stephen King. This book is about an old man, Paul Edgecomb, recalling his experiences when he worked as the cell block captain in Cold Mountain state penitentiary. Paul was the cell block captain of death row in this Alabama correctional institute. This story takes place in a nursing home. The narrator Paul is writing a book about when he was cell block captain in 1932. During the time he is writing his book he points out how people never change, how there is always the bully, and so on. He compares writing the book to a time machine. Both seem to take him back to 1932, and every last detail is clear. This book made me feel involved. As the reader you start off in the

nursing home, with Paul, and you go through his days until he is done writing the book. You follow him and hear everything he thinks and does. Stephan King does an excellent job using many detail, and sensory images. The title fits the book perfectly. On death row Paul describes the floor as being a lime Green, and death row is often called the mile. Therefore, in this book Paul and the other death row guards call their territory the Green Mile. Another reason this is a good title is because more than three fourths of the book takes place on the Green Mile. Not only is the Green Mile the name of the cell block that Paul and the other guards head, but in this book it is referred to as an idea. The Green Mile is used as a synonym to the road of death. During his account of what

happened in 1932, he speaks of a gift he has earned. This gift keeps him from dying in a timely fashion. So the end of the book after he has wrote his book his, and has nothing left to live for he comments on the gift he has, and says “but sometimes, oh God, the Green Mile is so long”. Back in 1932 a prisoner arrived on the Green Mile, his name was John Coffey. He was a well built, tall, could not remember much, and was African American. He was found guilty of murdering, and raping two young girls. Because he was African American, in Alabama, in 1932 he had no chance of being acquitted. On top of that, he was found with the victims in his arms. After he was in on the Green Mile for a while, Paul wondered if this man could have committed such a violent crime. Paul discovered

John Coffey had a healing power. Then after further investigation, Paul learned there was no way John could have committed those crimes. So Paul was faced with the issue of John Coffey’s innocence, and if he could work out a way of letting Coffey go free, or die. Stephen King is the author of nine screen plays, and more than thirty books. He live in Bangor Maine with his wife Tabitha King. He has won many awards, and his books are always on the top of the New York time best sellers list.