The Green Mile Essay

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The Green Mile that Leads to Old Sparky The Green Mile the color of tired old lime, some called it "The Last Mile" (6) or "The Green Mile" (6). The Green Mile ran 60 miles north to south at the E-Block. It's a T-junction. To the left is the exercise yard, and to the right, leads to Old Sparky. Old Sparky, a death chair that sends many volts of electricity through the human body. Sometimes the switch has to be thrown twice if the person's heart is still beating. There are 7 characters that are part of the story. Old Sparky the electric chair, Paul Edgeombe, John Coffey, Percy Wetmore, a French man called Delacroix, and William Wharton. Paul is the main character, Paul is 108 years old as he writes about John Coffey and the life that he lived as a Prison Guard in the E-Block at Cold Mountain. Paul even writes about what was happening in the retirement home. This novel begins by Paul telling the story, beginning in 1932 at the State Penitentiary called Cold Mountain. There were other guards. Percy Wetmore, one that knows people, he was related to the governor by marriage (and so he stayed). Harry Terwilliger, Dean Stanton, and Brutus Howell (The men called him "Brutal" (9), but it was a joke, he wouldn't hurt a fly unless he had to, in spite of his size). Percy became the third main character in the book. Percy was a crazy or so called stupid. Mainly through the story he was all upset about a mouse called Mr. Jingles. [Del] "He whisper it in my ear" (131). [Wharton] "Say." There's a mouse in here! What kind of a joint are you guys running, anyway" (83)? [Harry] "Aw, he's sort of cute, and not afraid at all" (83). [Dean] "I'll be goddamed" (97)! The mouse also played with a spool Delacroix would throw it against the wall and Mr. Jingles would run and roll it back with its front paws or sometimes roll it back with his nose. [Del] "Look Cap'n!" "I done tame me a mouse" (130)! Percy had this thing for the mouse and it was to kill the mouse. There was on person standing in the way and it was Delacroix. Delacroix, or so called Del for short, was a prisoner at the Green Mile in the E-Block a French person. Del got permission from Paul that he can keep the muse. Then Percy becomes nice to Del. He figured that he will buy the cigar box that Del requested for Mr. Jingles. What Del didn't know that Percy had a trick up his sleeve. When Del threw the spool it hit the leg of the chair that Paul was sitting on when they talking and went out on to the Green Mile, Percy was right there waiting for the Mr. Jingles to get the spool, and stepped on Mr. Jingles. "There." "I knew I'd get him, soon or later. Just a matter of time really" (246). That's the first half of the story. John Coffey was somewhat of a person that God created. He was sent to jail for murder, of two little small white girls. "I couldn't help it boss, I tried to take it back, but it was too late" (20). He stood six feet, eight inch's tall, he was as tall as a Basketball player....

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