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From On The Waterfront, how does Terry's luring of Joey Doyle to the roof enhance the...

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Posted April 25, 2012 at 7:53 AM via web

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From On The Waterfront, how does Terry's luring of Joey Doyle to the roof enhance the story of Terry's own redemption?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 25, 2012 at 10:03 AM (Answer #1)

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The beginning of the film is one in which Terry is a part of the machine that controls life on the docks.  Terry is a part of the Status Quo.  He plays an active role in luring Joey to his death.  He represents the essence of being "D and D" in that he does not question his reality.  Terry has become used to the banality of evil that exists around him.  It is from this point where his evolution begins.  The start of the film presents Terry at his most base, his very worst.  It is from this point where there is a spiritual exploration about who he is and in what he believes.  Terry's movement is something that drives the film and this trajectory starts at this particular point.  When Terry talks about how he has changed, when he talks about "I was standing here," it is from this point where this movement happens.  From this point, Terry is able to assess his own life and his own choices.  The idea of "rattin'" on himself is something that comes out of his own culpability from this moment where Terry ends up luring Joey to his death.  It is from this point where Terry moves, not of his own initial volition, to the point where he is at the end of the film, a true embodiment of "rattin" on himself in the attempt to live a redemptive life.

 

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