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Green Mile Analysis

Tue, 01 May 2018 02:07:41 GMT

I posted an analysis of Lethal Weapon some time ago and I'm back with another movie. I couldn't find any similar writings on the Green Mile, but I feel confident I'm not the first to see some of these things, especially for those who have read Caesar's Messiah. I just rewatched the film and about halfway through, the archetypes suddenly became apparent and I saw that this movie is actually a movie about America and how the oligarchs control people. I am uncertain how to unpack this efficiently, so I'll just start tossing it out... First of all, America is in prison. We have a Native American, a Cajun (Louisiana Territory), an African American, and a cowboy all on "the mile." These are American archetypes all facing death and extinction. The outward theme of the movie is "the last mile" of our lives, and this theme is also relevant to the deeper interpretation. There is a mental hospital. This detail is not explained in the movie (sorry, haven't read the book), but it's an important one, one that connects the work to One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. Music from OFOTCN is also featured in the Green Mile at the nursing home. Mr. Atwill has discussed the mental hospital in detail as a representation of programming by the power elite. Billy the Kid or Wild Bill begins in the hospital and is replaced at the end by Percy Whetmore. This is one of the key messages of the movie. The tradition white male is killed and replaced by a beta male who has lost his mind. The alpha male is shown as repulsive but is not truly insane. The beta male (Percy) is actually infected with poison and thus loses his mind. So let's talk about the poison, the sickness that JC takes from Melinda. The scene where JC visits Melinda was the one that allowed me to see through to the true message of the movie. First of all, there is Warden Hal, the man of the house. I believe he is an archetype for entrenched white male power. JC disarms him, taking away his gun and authority upon entering and Hal does not resist. JC orders Hal to be silent then proceeds to become intimate with his wife. Obviously, on the surface, this is a miracle moment, but there are some interesting points that darken it some. First of all, upon entering, Melinda is displayed in a sexual manner and says "pig fuck." JC then tops her and begins to mouth her face and then they kiss. This is blatantly sexual, but dismissed as part of the healing, but the imagery is interracial cuckoldry. After Melinda is healed, she says she had a dream that her and JC were in the dark and they found each other. Interestingly, no light is mentioned. I believe this scene is important because the leftist movement in America is driven by the voices of women and blacks. Melinda was an Eve who passed on the sin that drives creation from paradise. The disease is passed to Percy (beta male) who executes the alpha male. Another important aspect is the guards. There are four main guards, like the four horsemen. I believe they represent spheres of influence the power elite uses to imprison and ultimately kill America. Tom Hanks character is Paul, which is a very telling name. He is the organized church who is given life by JC. Interestingly, his character is played by the actor who played Reverend Aldon on Little House. Brutus is another interesting name which connects them to Rome. I believe he represents the police (Brutal) and the military, but I have little evidence other than his name and physicality. Not sure about the other two guards though. Mr. Jingles is Mickey Mouse and more. Where is Disney World? Florida. Where was the Mouseville? Florida. And the most haunting line of the whole movie for me was when Paul says he quit the Green Mile and started working with young boys. "Get em while their young." Brutus, Paul, and Mr. Jingles were shaping the minds of the young men of America. Another key line by JC: "They killed them with their love." This is how the media divides and conquers, by tugging heartstrings. It might be said that propaganda is all based on this axiom. A few more details: Paul is in the retirement community where the people are shown eating and watching garbage TV, a statement about society in general. Then they switch channels to "I'm in Heaven" and Paul weeps. Perhaps it is because he finds no comfort in the idea and knows it is all contrived. When Paul takes his friend to meet Mr. Jingles in the shack in the woods, they are both dressed in identical bright red rain coats. Red would connect him to the papacy. This really stood out to me. That's all for now. I would love some comments. Am I just making this up in my head, or do you think I'm on to something?

Sat, 01 Dec 2018 22:48:48 GMT

Wow! I think you're on to something. Ever read Stephen King's comments on his tale? I'm going to go look into that now. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.