The Green Mile

By Stephen King

Protagonist: John Coffey, gentle giant sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. His height and weight clock in at 6'8", 280 lbs. Coffey resembles the love of Christ and the gift of salvation by healing illnesses, including urinary tract infections, and at one point revives a deceased mouse.

Antagonist: Percy Wetmore, prison guard on the E block. Resembles sin, namely the seven deadly sins which represents his actions while on the clock. He is related to the governor of the state by marriage, and uses that to justify his cruel behavior.

Plot Teaser: An inmate is sent to death row, it's just business as usual... until you find out the grace in his heart.

Quote (p. 491): "I'm rightly tired of this pain I hear and feel. I'm tired of bein' on the road, lonely as a robin in the rain. Not never havin' no buddy to go on with or tell me where we's comin' from or goin' to or why. I'm tired of people bein' ugly to each other. It feels like pieces of glass in my head. I'm tired of all the times I've wanted to help and couldn't. I'm tired of bein' in the dark. Mostly it's the pain. There's too much. If I could end it, I would. But I can't."

Theme: The power of divine grace vs. the power of divine punishment - John is able to heal people of physical, mental, and spiritual sicknesses, while at the same time is able to deliver a very divine punishment to Wild Bill and Percy alike.

Who I would recommend the book to - Everyone. It's a wonderful book, it tells a beautiful story, if not a little gruesome and depressing at points, and never fails to capture my attention whenever I read it. It may be a little long, but I'm sure you'll enjoy every page.

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