John Coffey

Data structure and Algorithm Research Project
December 13, 2017
Fandom Paper
December 13, 2017

 

John Coffey
In writing this essay you are to focus on one of King’s major characters in the novel, John Coffey. The questions posed below are meant to assist you in writing your essay, but they are not meant to be exhaustive. Feel free to take your own approach.

Questions Posed:

Historically, racism has played a major role in the lives of black Americans living in the southern U.S. states. Why did King decide to make Coffey black? Would the story have worked if Coffey had been portrayed as a white man? Why or why not? Did racism contribute to John Coffey’s death? If so, how? Is there any irony in how King uses race as a theme of the novel? Is religious symbolism used in conjunction with Coffey’s character? If so, how and why is it used? How similar are the life and death of John Coffey to that of Jesus Christ as portrayed in the New Testament of the Bible? What is the significance of Coffey’s unfair judgment and execution? Is Coffey’s height significant? After John uses his healing powers, he lets a swarm of flies out of his mouth. Does this act have any religious significance? Do the flies have any symbolic import? Where do Coffey’s healing powers come from? Why did King give John Coffey the ability to take on the pain of others? What symbolism is present when Warden Hal Moore signs John Coffey’s act of execution after he saved Moore’s wife from her cancer

 


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