Green mile summary

In the racial climate of the period, it is unlikely for a black man to receive a retrial, and, without Wharton, there is no way to show the public that he is the real killer.

When they receive an official date of execution for Coffey, they realize they have no choice but to execute him, despite being aware of his innocence. Jingles was probably an accident: Wharton was a worker on the farm where the two little girls lived.

John had been sentenced to death after being convicted of raping and murdering two white girls. Paul says he believes that exact thing.

With regards to the upcoming execution, Paul asks John how he could ever justify killing an innocent man before God. Melinda gives Coffey a pendant with the mark of St. Percy Wetmore He is a young and sadistic guard. Brutus tells John to focus on the feelings of the guards, who have nothing but sympathy for him.

Other inhabitants include Arlen Bitterbuck, a Native American convicted of killing a man in a fight over a pair of boots also the first character to die in the electric chair ; Arthur Flanders, a real estate executive who killed his father to perpetrate insurance fraudand whose sentence is eventually commuted to life imprisonment while serving his sentence, he is killed by another inmate in the laundry room ; and Mr.

As Percy leaves, John grabs him through the bars, holds his face close to his, releases the spores directly into Percy's mouth, and lets go of him.

That night, Paul suffers from his urinary infection even more; he is almost in constant pain. We see a flashback to Paul returning to the Mile shortly after John Coffey's execution: At that moment, Coffey realizes that Wharton is the real killer of the Detterick twins, although that fact is not known to the others at the time.

Melinda seems pretty well, but Hal reveals that she is rapidly falling apart. However, in a momentary lapse of concentration, Percy walks too close to the cells and is grabbed through the bars by Wharton.

Percy makes quite a spectacle out of the arrival, repeatedly yelling "Dead man walking!

The Green Mile Summary and Study Guide

Back at the prison, Paul presents John with a loaf of cornbread baked by his wife, as a thanks for Coffey's "help". Upon releasing Percy from the restraint room, they make him promise to send in his transfer to Briar Ridge, another penal institution.

In the process, he discovers that William Wharton is the true rapist and murderer of the Detterick girls. John then reveals the story psychically to Paul, and, when doing so, he also releases his supernatural energy into Paul. After Coffey coughs up a cloud of black insects that turn white and vanish, Paul stands up and realizes that his urinary infection is entirely gone.

That night, Bitterbuck is prepared for the execution. We then hear an unfriendly voice saying "You love your sister? He explains that when Coffey touched Mr. John is apparently horrified by what he sees when touching Wharton, who finally falls asleep.

He tells Paul that he needs to see for himself, and sticks out his hand. Paul makes extra sure that the sponge is wet before placing the cap. While Bitterbuck is granted one final meeting with his family, Paul and the others prepare the auditorium with the electric chair for his upcoming execution.

Arlen "The Chief" Bitterbuck A Washita Cherokee death-row inmate, convicted of killing a man in a drunken brawl over a pair of boots. The cabin is not exactly Mouseville, but it is a good place for him. Percy doesn't care, thinking the inmates are contemptible.

The Green Mile

The other guards purposely don't tell him that they already tried that, and watch in amusement as Percy unpacks the entire room again, to no avail. She suffers from bad headaches and is scheduled for an X-ray in order to find the source of the problem.

Cite This Page Choose citation style: Later John tells Paul what he saw when Wharton grabbed his arm one time, how Wharton had coerced the sisters to be silent by threatening to kill one if the other made a noise, using their love for each other.

Percy proceeds by hooking Del up to the electrodes, with one small exception- he purposely does not soak the sponge he places on Del's head, wanting to punish Del one more time. Del is placed on the chair in front of the audience as Percy starts the ceremony.Stephen King's The Green Mile Chapter Summary.

Find summaries for every chapter, including a The Green Mile Chapter Summary Chart to help you understand the book. The Green Mile is a American fantasy crime drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name.

The film stars Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb and Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey, with supporting roles by David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, and James Cromwell.

E block has the nickname “the Green Mile” because of the color of the tiles in the long corridor leading up to the electric chair, where condemned inmates await executions in their cells. Paul believes in showing compassion toward the death-row prisoners. Get all the key plot points of Stephen King's The Green Mile on one page.

From the creators of SparkNotes. Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) walked the mile with a variety of cons. He had never encountered someone like John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), a massive black man convicted of brutally killing a.

The Green Mile is told in a 1st person point of view, with an older Paul Edgecombe looking back and writing about his life. It changes time periods though as different things happen.

Green mile summary
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