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longevity *SPOILERS*

Discussion in 'The Green Mile' started by charlotte98, Aug 1, 2016.

  1. charlotte98

    charlotte98 Active Member

    Allright, so Paul and Mr. Jingles were bestowed unnaturally long life because of John Coffey healing them. Why didn't Melinda Moores? She was healed by John Coffey and died of a heart attack, I believe.

    Also, has the idea of suicide never appealed to Paul? Is it sort of implied that Paul wouldn't be successful of a suicide attempt (the bus accident that claimed the life of his wife along with most of the other passengers comes to mind)?
    Paul was a Christian, so perhaps it was just wrong according to his beliefs. Would it be possible for Paul to kill himself, had he the inclination? If so, how? Would he have to pick a particular way to die, and would he be immune to others?

    What about Paul's healing was different from Coffey's healing of the others? I remember before his execution he touched him and gave him some kind of ability to read minds and he felt like he had something special in him. But the effects wore off. Was John Coffey transferring his abilities to Paul? If so, why wasn't Paul capable of healing others? If Paul isn't capable of death (not for a LONG time, at any rate), how was Coffey, the source of all the "magic" for lack of a better word, able to die in the electric chair?

    I'm left with a lot of questions about this book. Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. champ1966

    champ1966 Well-Known Member

    Coffey was a Jesus Christ style character, dying for the sins of others. Hence SK changing his name to one with the initials JC. His death in the electric chair was portraying the crucifixion.
     
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  3. champ1966

    champ1966 Well-Known Member

    ^^^ I'm pretty sure I read that in Bev Vincent's book. I'll check it out when I get home. Paul and Mr Jinx were John Coffey's Lazarus
     
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  4. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....Champ is on the right track(tract?):D...lot's of religious overtones in that series of mini-novels.....
     
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  5. Aloysius Nell

    Aloysius Nell Well-Known Member

    Was Paul's longevity due to that final session with Coffee? I don't think that was definitively established at all! I think it was due to the prior healing of his UTI. That's why Mr. Jingles lived so long, after all. What he got from Coffee at the end was, thankfully, temporary. Otherwise, I think it would have quickly driven Paul insane.
     
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  6. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    Their two cases are different. The body of Mr. Jingles was practically destroyed; he was close to dying. A lot of JC had to go into that healing, with a lot of reconstruction, as well. The other case was simpler. If any healing caused longevity, and if JC (or anyone who came before him) healed more people during his life, there would be other people with little aging.
     
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  7. Aloysius Nell

    Aloysius Nell Well-Known Member

    I don't think the idea of simple vs. complicated healing is supported by the text. Coffey was tired after each healing, not just the life/death ones. And there's not really enough healings to compare. Just Paul, Mr. Jingles, and Melinda.

    I think it's obvious that Coffey had healed before. He knew he could do it when he did it to Paul. And he tried with the two dead girls.

    And finally, Paul didn't have "little aging." He aged like his peers, with the caveat that at over 100, he looked 85. Lots of people are like that.
     
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