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Capital punishment is on the rise as one of the most controversial topics today Our society has developed such an interest with this topic that more and more entertainment films are being based upon this issue Whether the film is for or against the death penalty many of the movies take the viewer on an emotional roller coaster A recent movie that depicted capital punishment on several different issues is The Green Mile The director takes us back in time to a Louisiana death row penitentiary The title The Green Mile was given to the film because the floor leading to the execution room is of a pale green color Tom Hanks who was once a prison guard there is telling the story as an old man living in a nursing home who still is haunted by the incidents that took place while he was in charge of The Mile Many of his experiences are remembered because of his guilty feelings toward carrying out and overseeing the activities that took place as well as the incidents that happened that were out of his control These incidents that occurred and left a lasting impression upon Hanks are examples of how capital punishment is an inhuman and unjustified punishment Michael Jeter who plays Eduard Del Delacroix an inmate on death row plays a significant role in portraying the problems with the death penalty The crime that he has been convicted of is never mentioned throughout the story only that he is deeply sorry and very remorseful for his crime From the beginning of the movie he is shown as a likable character that is comical and makes you smile or laugh in most of his scenes This helps to show that no all people on death row are barbaric animals some are human beings that have made mistakes in their lifetime and are deeply sorry and regretful for their mistakes This likable trait that Del possesses
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