Part 2 #GreenMileAlong Readalong …ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ

Announcing April #GreenMileAlong Readalong

Presented to you by @AvidReader25 and me! Recent Twitter activity: We have a schedule. Today being April 6, we will post on Part 1, the first 95 pages, including King’s note about the project structure.  We also have 6 of us reading! at least, 6 have enthusiastically tweeted or FaceBooked that they are willing to participate. (I’m sorry – I don’t have any more party favors…)

Part 3 – April 16

Part 4 – April 21

Part 5 – April 26

Part 6 – April 30

 

Part 2: The Mouse on the Mile

THE QUESTION.

Sorry, my part 2 didn’t have a provided contest question. These will resume Part 3.

Any thoughts to share?

How about this quote and what it might mean? Discuss:

We had once again succeeded in destroying what we could not create.

What is being referenced here. (p.44 in Part 2, right after the scene with Chief and the doctor confirming.)

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Link to Melissa’s AVID READER blog

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5 thoughts on “Part 2 #GreenMileAlong Readalong …ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ

  1. As I was reading Part 2, I kept thinking about that the mysterious nature of electricity (and electricity as a metaphor for the life spark or soul?) was a theme in another Stephen King book, too, but I had to look it up — Revival. In an interview he says the idea for that modern Frankenstein story had been with him since he was a kid. He does have themes that run through a lot of his stories, and I think I recall reading that he was brought up in an evangelical Christian household, so I would say that the quote about destroying what we cannot create may be a reflection on humanity’s attempts to control life and death in so many ways, yet even atheists have to admit the existence of things beyond our understanding? (As when Mr. Jingles is brought back to life…)
    I was also thinking how all of his characters, no matter what age they are, tend to use corny language and always have sayings coming to mind to suit every situation. I know the humor (gallows and corny) of The Green Mile is used to lighten the horror of the story, but sometimes I feel like his narrators shouldn’t mention every distracting thought or word association that flits through their minds!

  2. That quote. I feel like it’s speaking to achieving justice but at the expense of morality. The whole eye for an eye thing.

    1. Ooo, great observation. Me? my take on it was gender – that these MEN kill and take and cannot be the creator, like a woman can. Now, wait – I do think it is because my other readings have been feministic and so I just went there. I don’t think King meant it like that but it struck me first, then I wondered. Which is why I wondered what everyone else might offer.

  3. I love that quote too! At least there’s some awareness on Paul’s part of how they are making themselves gods in a way. They decide these men’s fate (not the guards, but the government as a whole). It’s easier to sentence them, than it is to be the one in the room actually killing them.

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