The Green Mile Film Analysis

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The Green Mile Film Analysis [REDACTED] Pikes Peak Community College Abstract This is an analysis of the sociological concepts present in the movie “The Green Mile”, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Keywords: The Green Mile, film analysis, sociological theory The Green Mile Film Analysis There are several sociological theories present in the film The Green Mile. The Green Mile is a film adapted from Stephen King’s serialized novel of the same name. The novel and film tell the story of the head guard on death row in a prison, known to insiders as the “green mile”, and his experience with one inmate in particular. The guard’s name is Paul, and the prisoner is John Coffey. John is a falsely accused black man who has a spiritual ability allowing him to heal the wounded and the sick. He was wrongfully convicted of the brutal murder of nine-year-old twin sisters, after being found holding their dead bodies. Almost eight feet tall, with large enough hands to pick up a basketball from the top, easily larger than anyone else in the entire story, his appearance shows him to be physically capable of harming anyone he pleases. However, his personality is completely opposite of that assumption. This is evidenced throughout the story, particularly when he uses his healing powers. Other main characters throughout the story include Brutus, who is a guard and friend to Paul, and Percy, who is another guard, albeit a brutal, sadistic bully. Later on in the story, a raucous, disorderly prisoner known as Wild Bill is introduced, and he becomes an important part of the story as well. The dominant sociological theory present throughout the film is Emile Durkheim’s functionalism. Emile Durkheim was a sociologist most known for his functionalist theories about society. Basically put, functionalism is the theory that all aspects of a society serve

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