I gave more details about the relationship between MacFarland and Mike. I also included Ken into my summary to help with the confusion of who he is. I also reworded sentences that were confusing. I’m hoping my revised final draft will give insight into this excerpt by Mike Rose. Ashley Reuzenaar Professor Hickman English 111 05D 2 September 2015 Summary and Response Educational scholar Mike Rose authored I Just Wanna be Average excerpt from Lives on the Boundary, a semi biography of his high school experience in vocational education at Our Lady of Mercy.
Also the documentary has to take the audience on a journey, emotionally or mentally, throughout occurrences in the characters lives. Thirdly there must be a good closing of the film that pays off for the characters and the audience. When we watch movies or TV shows or movies we know that they are fictional dramas. We also know that they are scripted shows which can manipulate the way we think and feel about the film. The producer does this to position us in a specific way.
Kazan has shown ways a person’s environment can affect their character through the use of film technique. Through these techniques the differences between each individual and also some similarities are clearly evident. Edie, a young lady whose father works on the waterfront was sent away to a school to study teaching. She has grown up in an environment where the nuns would have ensured that their students maintained the upmost dignity and integrity. She is initially portrayed as a very conservative and somewhat shy girl that views everything as something she can fix.
A number of characters assist Terry on his journey of redemption. Discuss using examples from the film. Intro In Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront, troubled by the dilemma of choosing which side of the dispute to stand on, Terry Malloy finally discovers the only way he can do ‘good’ is to redeem himself. On Terry’s quest of atoning for his past actions, important characters such as Edie Doyle and Father Barry play a major role assisting him. Furthermore, in life, supporting and minor characters such as Charley Malloy, Joey Doyle and Kayo Dugan was not able to contribute much to the change in Terry.
Elia Kazan’s on The Waterfront” establishes that the masculine world influences the characters in a way that makes them incompetent for care and affection. The relationship between Terry and Tommy is largely influenced by this harsh masculine world of the Waterfront. Father Barry to fulfill his role as a Christian missionary cares for the people at the Waterfront despite the not need saving. Kazan also shows us that it is due to those actions by the characters in the movie that justice can be prevailed. The corruption of the waterfront union has made it extremely difficult for the longshoremen to express their true feelings.
“Terry Malloy’s most important conflict is not with Johnny Friendly, but with himself.” To what extent do you agree? ‘On the waterfront’ is a film about a corrupted and treacherous wharf, which highlights the conflicts not only among the people – which include Johnny Friendly’s gang and the local longshoremen, but inner conflicts in the characters as well. The story’s protagonist, Terry Malloy, undergoes a tumultuous change in his life as he turns against his own “family”, battling with not only Friendly but with himself. He struggles with his conscience after he had indirectly caused the death of Joey Doyle, which creates the spark that kick-starts Terry’s personal quest in searching for the guts to make a change in his life. Though the conflict between Friendly and Malloy is the climax of the film, Terry’s internal conflict has a greater significance as it creates the base for the building of Terry’s character, the main element and theme of the film which drives the film, questioning one’s morality, conscience and judgement.
Absurdity is defined as that which is contrary to reason; clearly untrue, unreasonable or ridiculous. The subject of existentialism is prevalent in Albert Camus’ novel The Stranger portrayed through the life of the protagonist, Meursault. Camus depicts absurdity bringing about happiness or indifference with respect to Meursault's life that are driven by his refusal to behave in accordance with social norms. Those revolts can be seem through instantaneous physical sensations like his sexual relationship with Marie or smoking that Meursualt desires, but invests little to no emotion in them. One can assume that Meursault's lack of care, in the end, allows him to understand the meaninglessness of mankind's struggle for acceptance.
DEATH OF A SALESMAN In the play, Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman is, at first, set up as the character of the tragic hero. He has had goals and ambitions that he did not fulfill, and that his sons have not fulfilled, despite the pressure that he puts on them to accomplish his opinion of what success should be. However, as the story moves along, we see Willy’s tragic hero status decreasing substantially. As he desperately sifts through his past for some sort of actualization or realization, he only proves himself a to be failure, by the standards that he himself had set. There are a great many comparisons to be drawn from this play, and compared to the novel, The Great Gatsby.
The most prominent tension is presented between the older and younger generations. There is tension between Mr Birling and Eric throughout the play but their relationship is shown best in an exchange after Mr Birling discovers Eric is a thief, a drunkard and responsible for fathering Eva’s child ‘You damned fool – why didn’t you come to me when you found yourself in this mess’. Eric’s reply that his father was not ‘the kind of chap a man could turn to when he’s in trouble’ indicates that there is some connection missing between them, which has been harmed by tension. Mr Birling is portrayed as a neglectful and unapproachable father who would have used his position to prevent a family scandal rather than show sympathy for his son who is clearly unhappy with no direction in life. His treatment of Eric has led to Eric’s downfall so that ironically his earlier words that a man has to look after himself and his own seem hollow.
In The Bicycle Thief, Antonio Ricci’s unfortunate circumstances cause his priorities and values to alter throughout the movie. For the most part, he illustrates his actions to be innocent until the desperation of his situation overwhelms him. How far can someone take the pressure until they break? Personal values are very dependant on circumstances. The difference in someone’s priorities is very apparent once their livelihood is in jeopardy.