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How does the director of "The Green Mile" arouse sympathy for the character of John Coffey?

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How does the director of "The Green Mile" arouse sympathy for the character of John Coffey? The "Green Mile" is a film based on a Stephan King novel. The story is shown through a series of flash backs told by Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks). The director picks Tom Hanks for a reason. Tom always plays roles of the "good guy" in films, the director wanted to get across that Paul Edgecomb is a respectable man so picked Tom to play the role. Most guards in prison films mistreat their inmates and the prisoners themselves behave very aggressively. To get across the fact that the guards are more sympathetic towards their prisoners the director uses Tom Hanks to play the main role. This allows us to get a vision of a prison guard who empathizes with his charges. We see how Paul tells the story to one of his friends at the old people's home after he started crying while watching TV. Scene after scene the audience realize that John Coffey, the subject of the narrative is innocent and the audience start sympathizing with him. At first the film seems to be about Paul Edgecomb, played by Tom Hanks, yet he is merely the one who outlines the story, looking back on when he is a prison guard in charge of the prisoners on the 'Green Mile' at Cold Mountain Penitentiary in 1935. ...read more.

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This gets us a bit worried because there is something strange or different about him. During the film there are many hints that John might be innocent and this is where the director starts to create sympathy for John. In later scenes John is portrayed as na�ve, gentle, child-like and he's afraid of the dark. This is where we start feeling sympathy for John. When John heals Pauls urinal problem the audience realizes there is more to John. He has some kind of supernatural power. This is also shown in the scene where he heals the mouse and then in the scene where John heals Melinda, Paul asks John where he thinks he's going and John knows where he is about to go. Our sympathy is shown at the beginning of the scene when John is grabbed by "Wild Bill". He looks very afraid and we feel sorry for him, because wild Bill is such a nasty character so it makes John look like a more gentle man. John is seen as a child-like character when he looks up to the sky and sees the stars on the way to the truck, and also when he picks the leaves up he smells them and we realize that he is so gentle and child-like. He's been let out of prison for a while and all he does is look at smile at the stars. ...read more.

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We know that this isn't true and we start to wonder why it isn't being stopped. The guards start to tie him up to the chair, Dean starts to cry. Guards never cry when an execution is taken place but Dean is. He feels sorry for John like the audience. When John asks to not put the bag over his head because he's scared of the dark it creates tears in your eyes. How could such a gentle man be executed for something he's not done. The director creates more sympathy for John by not showing any pain that John is going through. We can't bear to see him put through any more pain so the director shows a shot of Dean crying, we just think that it can't get any worse. Overall the director of the 'Green Mile' creates sympathy for John Coffey by portraying him as a gentle giant with many childlike qualities. Through the film we feel more and more sorry for him till in the execution scene we can't bear to see him put through any more pain. We realize there's more to him than first thought, with his supernatural powers. He could be compared to Jesus in some respects but unlike Jesus John Coffey punishes Wild Bill and Percy for being bad men. He always does the best he can to help people and is in the words of Paul Edgecomb he's "one of God's miracles." ...read more.

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