“I’m Standin over Here Now.” at the End of on the Waterfront Terry Has Gained a New Understanding of Himself and the World. Discuss.
On the Waterfront is a film directed by Elia Kazan which illustrate the difficulties that the protagonist, Terry Malloy, has struggled in the early period of 1950s. Terry Malloy was a former prize-fighter who was bought up in a dark and brutal world of men. Since his career has ruined by the corrupted union which was controlled by Johnny Friendly, Terry was being recognized as a ‘bum’ within both the longshoremen and the mobs. This poor environment has created a false philosophy within Terry himself, ‘Do it to him, before he does it to you’. However, after he met Edie and Father Barry, Terry realized how wrong his philosophy was. Thus Terry, with his remaining conscience was able to stand up against Johnny Friendly and gain a new
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Terry knows that he starts to cares about Edie, and he tries to show his determination to Edie that he has the courage to stand up for his rights. “I ain’t a bum Edie. I’m just gonna go down there and get my rights.” that was a very big step to Terry, because he realized that he was not a bum and he does not want to be that anymore. This new understanding of people should cares about each others had change Terry world. When the death of K.O. Dugan and Father Barry’s courageous attack on the corrupt union shake Terry out of his moral paralysis, he knows he needs to act, but his background and his habitual loyalties told him back. Charlie Malloy is Terry’s brother and Johnny Friendly’s second in charge, Terry loss the fight on purpose for letting Friendly win his bet, but Terry had give up his ambition for that and become a bum. Father Barry is a priest who realizes that just fulfilling his liturgical role is not enough for the people on the waterfront. He convince Dugan to testify the crime of the mob, but Dugan was killed while working intentionally by the order of Friendly. And Terry felt shock because he know that the death of Dugan was done by the mob, so he tries to protect Father Barry while he was doing the speech for Dugan. “You want to know what’s wrong with our waterfront? It’s the love of a lousy buck. It’s