David Marks Staff asked 4 years ago

What is the psychological approach

What is the psychological approach or thought on racism that is shown in the movie, ‘The Green Mile’?

When clinicians speak of residual symptoms in individuals with schizophrenia, what are they talking about?
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David Marks Staff answered 4 years ago

The Green Mile was notable for the almost subliminal strains of racism running through it. To put it more clearly, the movie is notable for unacknowledged racist stereotypes, rather than taking the perspective of an informed narrative dwelling on the injustices inflicted on black people. The protagonist, John Coffey, is a black man from the South in the 1930s, and is sentenced to prison and death row for the murder of two young girls. As the story unfolds, however, Coffey’s special, superhuman powers of healing and sympathy make it difficult for us to believe that he might have committed the crimes that he has been sentenced for- he remarks that he feels the pain of the world like ‘pieces of glass’ inside his head. Coffey himself is portrayed as a rather inarticulate individual who stammers and has a child like attitude reminiscent of Forest Gump’s character. This makes him the perfect victim, in a sense, as he is unable to defend himself against the brutal punishment allocated to him.
Moreover, the healing powers that he able to exercise, notably in the saving of a white man’s ailing white wife, are exercised at immeasurable pain to himself. Over this constant victimizing floats the fact that the guards try to make him escape after he has displayed his unmistakable usefulness to the community (even before the guard Edgecomb has ascertained that he is innocent). Note that I say make, because this is how it happens- they don’t even ask him if he wants to escape. This goes along perfectly with the narrative of the inarticulate and well-built, calloused black man who is unable to stand up for himself. In fact, he responds to their plans by saying that he wants to die.
Now this is a remarkable point, one that hints at the subtle racist undertone: a black man wanting to die, in a country where the death penalty was freely given to the black man, and scarcely to the white man. Moreover, Coffey’s redemption, his ‘healing powers’ come at great pain to himself- one could call him a martyr, but his self sacrifice is not so much chosen, as involuntary, which makes the fact that he chooses death, even more sinister. This is only emphasized by the way the audience and everyone else comes to know that Coffey undergoes a sabotaged execution- as if being executed itself was not enough (it should be noted that the electric chair used in the movie would be a mistake- Louisiana executed death row criminals through gallows up unt