Essay on On The Waterfront

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On The Waterfront

Setting - The story starts out in the nineteen fifties in a typical small town exploited
by the mob. The title On the Waterfront befits it well, for the town's only way of
employment is working on the docks for the mob. The mob controls everything in this town;
they are the union and the law. If anything accurs you don't know anything about it. Even
if you were right there you were blind or D&D (Deaf and Dumb).

Situatio n - The situation in the town is that a very prominent man in the town was thrown
off of the roof of his apartment building. Most of the people in the town were mystified
by this because he as a good man that would not have many enemies. Most people would say
he was a saint. His name was Joey. When the police arrive at the scene of the crime no one
is cooperating with them because of the fear of the mob. Although some witnesses were
almost family with the victim they will not be a canary or pigeon to squeal. This problem
has been around for a while and some town members are starting to feel the guilt of their
silence (with help from the priest) and decide to meet and talk about the problem.

On the docks work was on a first come first serve basis. Friends of the mob was given good
easy jobs while the other work tokens were thrown on the ground and the men would fight
for them.

Character s - The main character is Terry an ex semi-professional boxer who became
friendly with the mob during his career. He is a common unintelligent man (typical of his
town) that unlike his brother quit school. He was the man that helped the mob kill a good
man in the opening scene by distracting him to come onto the roof and check out his
pigeons (Symbolic). His brother keeps the mobs papers.

The Antagonist is the mob boss named Johnny who blames poverty for causing him to
transform into a crook and murderer. It is either make no money or make money. They live
like animals in a Social Darwinism.

The other main actor is the sister of the murder victim named Iddie. She comes from a
totally sheltered life, growing up in a catholic school raised by nuns. She refuses to
return to school because she wants to face a real problem, not just read about them. She
also wants to find out who killed her brother.
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