A Summary of the Novels "The Green Mile"

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Anything from the novel "The Green Mile" by Stephen King has to be a bit about the famous horror novelist, himself. He published this novel in 1996 as a serial novel, and the first edition actually came out in six small, paperbacks, which were later made into one novel. This is the summary of the novel "The Green Mile" shows, this book, set in the 1930s, is a departure from some of his other works.

Plot

The summary of the novel "The Green Mile" includes the plot and setting. The story takes place in 1932 on the E Block (Death Row) at Cold Mountain Penitentiary in Georgia. It is narrated by the main character, Paul, who is the captain of the prison guards who preside over E Block. "The Green Mile" is the corridor between the cells of the cell that leads to the execution room. The corridor is covered in green linoleum, hence, the "last" or green mile the inmates take to their death.

The story follows John Coffey, a large, black inmate convicted of raping and killing two young white girls, and the other two inmates on death row, along with the guards who watch over them. Coffey is special, as Paul discovers, and he has magical healing abilities that become apparent. He befriends a small white mouse, who he calls Mr. Jingles, and heals the mouse when the brutal guard Percy Wetmore tried to kill it. So he heals Paul's kidney infection, and later, Paul spirits him out of prison to heal the warden's wife's brain tumor. Coffey "transfers" this brain disease to Wetmore, the sadistic guard who the inmates and staff dislike. Wetmore never recovers and spends the rest of his life in a mental institution.

Occasionally, Paul discovers that Coffey is exceptional in many areas. It turns out he did not murder the two girls, another inmate (William Wharton) did. Coffey does not want to be pardoned, and this in the electric chair because he can not bear the cruelties of real life. After his death, Paul discovers that Coffey Heals live extraordinarily long lives. Paul is 108 at the end of the book, and Mr. Jingles is 64. They have no idea how long they will live, and the novel ends.

Characters

A summary of "The Green Mile" includes the characters in the novel.

Paul Edgecombe – Paul is the main character of the novel. A prison guard, by the end of the story is an old man narrating this part of his life to a friend who is writing his memoir.

John Coffey – A 7-foot-tall black man, a convicted murderer awaiting his death on a row in the prison. He befriends a white mouse and heals people of their diseases.

Percy Wetmore – A sadistic prison guard who everyone dislikes. He torments the prisoners, tries to kill Mr. Jingles. He keeps his job because he is related to the governor.

Eduard Delacroix – A Cajun man convicted of arson, he is essentially a coward. He is the man who dies a horrible death at the hands of Wetmore.

William Wharton – Another convict, it turns out to be the one who actually committed the murder attributed to John Coffey. He is wild and frightening, and attempts to disrupt the prison as much as he can before he dies.

Mr. Jingles – The white mouse that lives 64 and is befriended by John Coffey.

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Source by Wendy Pan