1. ‘There’s one thing we have in this country, and that’s ways of fighting back.’ How does On the Waterfront explore the power of the individual? Elia Kazan’s film, On The Waterfront, demonstrates the extent to which a corrupt group can eliminate the rights of a town, yet empower an individual to make a change. Set in 1954, the film portrays the realism of desperation and corruption in the city of Hoboken, New Jersey. The opening scenes of On the Waterfront outline the intense control the mob have over the workers at the Waterfront.
'There's one thing we have in this country and that's way of fighting back'. How does on the waterfront explore the power of the individual. 'On the Waterfront' 1954's film produced by Elia Kazan depicts a corrupt community searching for power to go against the corrupt authority. The quote 'There's one thing we have in this country and that's way of fighting back' is said by Father Barry to the longshoremen community urging them to fight back after the mob takes Kayo Dugan's life because he attempted to place justice on the corrupt system. Director Elia Kazan, uses the narrative of the Hoboken docks as a vehicle for his message that an individual can fight back and gain power to bring change for the good.
Terry Malloy gravely resents being so used in the murder but is still willing to remain D&D (Deaf and Dumb). Some years earlier, Terry had been a promising boxer until Friendly had Charley instruct him to deliberately lose a fight that he could have won, so that Friendly could win money betting on the weaker opponent. However Terry Malloy still finds the justification to work for Jonny Friendly. The theme of redemption is greatly evident in the first few scenes in the film. His action in setting up Joey Doyle is the first step towards Terry Malloy’s road of redemption, as he is left with confusion and
His importance has lead to him ordering his hunters to forget about the beast so that they wouldn’t have any nightmares. This is illustrated when he says ‘Jack paused cradling the conch’ This suggests that he wants to have things his own way and is mostly concerned about himself Jack is presented as a violent and impulsive character. He tries to assert power and authority over the boys with threat and violence and he is selfish, only thinking about what he wants at
The black and white film “On the Waterfront” directed by Elia Kazan shows the importance of standing up for what you believe in; even if there are consequences. Terry Malloy goes from caring about how he looks to his mob friends to being a man who does not back away from his morals. He tells the court that Mr. Friendly and his friends were the ones who killed Joey Doyle and then does not back down when the mob leader tried to intimidate him. However the coward, Johnny Friendly got the better deal in the fight when he called his ‘henchmen’ to attack Terry, but somehow the hero of the film gets to his feet and leads the longshoremen into the factory.
In this scene, Johnny also puts some money into Terry’s shirt, Johnny does this in such a way which shows that he has power over Terry and that Terry needs to remember that. After Joey’s death, Terry begins to see that what the mob is doing is immoral and wrong. This starts to become apparent after Joey gets pushed off the roof and Terry says to Charlie “I thought they’d just lean on him a little”; Kazan uses this line as a way of showing that Terry is beginning to think that what the mob do is wrong. After Charlie’s death, Terry breaks his ties with the mob. Edie sees this as a sign of freedom for Terry, and decides that she is able to trust him and sticks with Terry through till the end.
The ultimate result being the unfixed lock leaves the shop exposed to thieves who ransack the place leaving Farhad without an income source for his family. farhad decides the only justice is to gun down Ruiz for the loss Farhad believes he caused by not fixing the door. In examining how the conflict might have been resolved, it’s important to look at the communication styles of each participant. When we first see Daniel earlier in the film, he is being verbally disrespected by a rich and racist client who believes he is untrustworthy, and possibly a gang member. As this scene unfolds, we see Daniel finishing the locksmithing job quietly.
As the picture progresses and “C: matures and becomes a young man he again witnesses another incident in which Sonny annihilates a gang of bikers. Even though Sonny was defending his image he implicated to “C” that it was okay to hurt people. Besides the fact that Sonny is bad for the most part, he treats “C” as his own. From talking to him to giving him life lessons, the positive side of Sonny penetrates the mind of “C’ as well. Throughout the movie “C” sees a guy who owes him money and “C” would always try to catch him so he can get his revenge.
It is a meeting from beyond the grave, which restores his faith in Dumbledore, that motivates Harry to accomplish his task. In "A Clockwork Orange", Alex is faced with a personal crisis when he is subjected to torture and ridicule from his previous victims, after he has been treated by Dr. Brodsky. This puts into question his own faith, which is something Alex has to face in the third section of the novel. Furthermore, the gang that Alex is a part of, consisting of his "droogs", also put faith into question, as they abandon Alex when he needs them the most, leading to his rehabilitation. Harry Potter, the central character to the Harry Potter series, has been noted for his bravery,
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.