Essay Comparison of “The Green Mile” and “The Glass Castle”
“The Green Mile” and “The Glass Castle” draw some similarities in their literary structure. Both books concentrate on one central character who tells their stories from their point of view in the opening section. In “The Green Mile,” Paul tells a story about his life, especially his career at the Green Mile. Similarly, Jeannette Walls tells her readers all her life issues both past and present. In other words, both stories seem to center on the suffering of the main characters throughout their lives. In summary, the two arts share biographical nature.
Additionally, the protagonists in both the stories view society as their primary antagonist. For instance, In “The Green Mile,” Paul is of the opinion that the society he existed and worked in discriminated against him because he is black. He is being punished because of a crime he did not commit. In his view, his black race gives him automatic guilt in front of the jury. Similarly, in “The Glass Castle,” Walls is hungry that the society and his parents treat her badly. She describes her abusive, miserable life in a dysfunctional family. The antagonists in Walls’ story are her parents, who she says neglected her. Hence, they unknowingly hurt her.
Lastly, the authors of both the stories skillfully use other minor characters in their artistic works to avoid setting boredom to the readers in over-concentrations in one character. For example, In “The Green Mile,” the author introduces the conflict between Paul and Percy to shift the reader’s attention from Paul. Other characters such a John, Mr. Jingles, Hal among others spice up the story. Similarly, Wall turns the reader’s attention from her views to Maurine’s tribulations. The sharp turn of events breaks the boredom of the reader in both instances.
King, Stephen. The Green Mile. New York: Scribner, 2000. Print.
Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle. New York: Scribner, 2005. Print.