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.
The ‘mob’, Terry’s employees, see Terry as a ‘bum’ since his fall from fame as a prizefighter. In addition with this evident contrast between characters in the first scene we see Johnny Friendly, the ‘mob’ boss, say to Terry as he leaves, “Now you take it easy, slugger”. The term
In “A Bronx Tale” Sonny can be considered both a positive and negative influence on “C.” Sonny, being the hardcore gangster that he is, does a lot of bad things. And with “C” living just doors down from Sonny’s headquarters, experiences the bad influence of Sonny from the very beginning of the picture. As a young boy, “C” witnesses Sonny murder man just feet away. If Sonny hadn’t started treated “C” like a son the shooting may have deeply impacted “C’s” life. 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.
Joey Doyle, Tim Dugan, and a man named Andy were all identified as being murdered in the movie by the orders coming from Johnny do to them talking about the union’s illegal activities. One of the main characters, Terry Malloy, is a dockworker for the local union 374. He has a personal connection to the union mob because his brother, Charley Malloy, is Johnny’s right hand man. Charley appears to have extended Terry job opportunities over the years within the mob union by offering him positions considered “up in the loft” rather than “down in the hole”. The movie identified a time years back when Terry was a fighter.
On the Waterfront, released in 1954 and directed by Elia Kazan, follows the struggles of Terry Malloy challenging conflicting conditions in gaining back something that was once his, power over his own existence. Terry’s journey is driven by a diverse of conflicting principles and people around him, inspiring him to overcome the thought of being “D and D – deaf and dumb” and a “bum”, which is ever-present throughout the film. Not only is it through his motivation of ridding himself the label of being a “bum” and a pawn of Johnny Friendly, together with the help and moral support of Father Barry and Edie Doyle, Terry is able to create a tale for himself in gaining back the power he lost over his own life by eventually fighting Johnny Friendly
Edie’s love and kindness towards Terry encouraged him to see life differently without death and violence. Charley’s brutal murder is the main catalyst for Terry’s transformation. Their brotherly bond was too strong and not one to be without consequences for Johnny Friendly and his mob. Terry’s attitude and behaviour at the beginning of the film was developed by Johnny Friendly and his ways of how a stable life on the docks should be, however, Terry’s realisation of Johnny’s wrong doing motivates him to follow what his conscience tells him. In the end it was not only Charley’s death but Father Barry and Edie’s moral persuasion that helped Terry find himself again, follow his own beliefs and destroy Johnny Friendly with the truth.
As Huck escapes he leaves behind clues to mislead his father and community, “I took the axe and smashed in the door. I beat it and hacked it considerable a-doing it. I fetched the pig in, and took him back nearly to the table and hacked into his throat with the axe, and laid him down on the ground to bleed...” (33). Huck deceives his entire community, but he does it with good intention in order to escape from his harmful father. The willingness of Huck to conform to violence highlights how badly he wants to escape his community and live freely.
Finish with a rhetorical question or other? TEEL Introduction The film ‘On the Waterfront’ by Elia Kazan demonstrates in a very realistic way how an unrelenting evil controls and corrupts a seemingly powerless community. The longshoremen’s life depends on the job that the ‘boss’, Johnny Friendly provides them with. There is a shape-up to select the work force which condemns them to a life of constant uncertainty and economic hardships. However, those who are brave enough to stand up to this corruption, often result in their death by the mob.
SCENES CHARACTERS THEMES “Johnny Friendly’s bar” 5:48 Demonstration of Friendly’s power and his justification for killing Joey Johnny Friendly; keeps control over everybody using physical intimidation of his workers. - Terry allows himself to be intimidate by Johnny (when he picks him up before). He constantly reminds him about making him lose a match so he and Charlie can make money. Gave us his life story, he feels he has worked and struggled for wheat he has achieved Johnny friendly reacts with complete overbearing psychical domination and exiles him from the docks Attempted corruption of Terry Places the money into Terry’s jacket symbolises that he is in control of Terry’s body and soul. As if he drawing him back after the violent
Exposure to violence can breed violence even in those who oppose it. In the story, Lord of the Flies that is exactly what happens to the characters. Ralph loses his composure, Jack turns into a blood crazed savage and Ralph becomes part of the demented hunters. The aggressive atmosphere that thrives on that heinous island conquered the good character of the boys. Jack was the first of the boys to show signs of aggression, then it turned on his hunters, and then it took control of Ralph.