The Green Mile Analysis

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The Sociology of The Green Mile
The Green Mile, directed and produced by Frank Darabont in December 1999 was a movie based on the novel written by Stephen King. The movie starts off in a Louisiana prison taking place on death row. The main character Paul Edgecombe performed by Tom Hanks described how they referred to the death row of this specific prison as the Green Mile because of the faded lime colored floor. Paul talks about how he has encountered many prisoners on death row for various different reasons but is taken aback when he meets John Coffey, a gentle giant with a supernatural gift with healing animals and people with ailments they come to experience. John Coffey performed by Michael Clarke Duncan has been charged and sentenced to
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I hypothesis that in the movie The Green Mile, deviance will be a social reality that is created and recreated in social interaction. In The Green Mile, John Coffey defies social norms with his spiritual gift of healing people of their illnesses and ailments. In one of the first scenes we are introduced to John Coffey, one of the main characters who defies the social norm, not only with his spiritual gift but in his appearance as well. The scene starts out with a mother and father panicking when they discover blood on their back porch and their young daughters missing. The father and a series of men go on a frantic search for the girls through a stream and field. On their search, they hear the screams and cries of a man in the distance. Chasing the cries, the men come across a large, almost 8 feet, black man holding the bloody heads of the two girls. The men immediately draw their guns the instance they see him and put John under arrest. This applies to deviance because during the time of the Great Depression in the 1930’s black people were seen as very devious and criminal like in society’s eyes. When John was found holding the girls, it was automatically assumed because he was a black man and big that he was the one at fault. African American people during this time were treated very poorly in society and were seen to be the outcasts in society. They did not fit into the typical norm of the white American and this made the people in society see them as devious and not fit to the norm of

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