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Joseph J. Green

Northern Arizona University

Let’s do High Noon, and On the Waterfront

High noon ending. There was a gunfight, and Kaine won.

With no evidence they accused Miller of coming to town to do bad things. Also, to kill Kaine, with no evidence


1 High Noon. Significance. Fable. Sum moral. Ending reflect era

There was a gunfight where kaine one and Mrs.s Kaine contributed to the fight.

Mrs. Kaine decided to do what she thinks is right, not just follow her religion.

In defiance against the townsfolk, Kaine fought his battle

This scene is significant as it shows a fight betwwen an individual (capitalisim) and a mob (communisim)

Were this a fable, the moral may be, do what you believe is right, even if the crowd is against it. The mob isn’t always right.

2 On the Waterfront. Significance. Fable. Sum moral Ending reflect era

Terry Malloy, after having been beaten up by the bosses, decided to stand up and walk to the docks to get to work and inspire the rest of the men to work without the bosses being involved. Presumably disbanding the union, or at least, the one run by Johnny Friendly, and going to work directly at the docks.

The significance is that, again, we see individualism standing out from mob rule. We also see a bit of anti-comunism in the idea of Johhny saying “The ones who work, are the ones I pick”

The fablely ending is similar to high noon. The mob isn’t always right, do the right thing.

3 Compare endings

Well, as it has been shown, if we think of things in terms of a fable with a specific moral, they both seem to be saying the same thing. The individual is a good thing. Which, of course, is about as far from the ideas of communisim that you can get. One of the main differences in the endings, though, is that “On the Waterfront” has a bit of a happier ending. Here, our main character ends up helping the community by being willing to stand up for what’s right. In the case of “High Noon”, we’re led to believe that Fred Miller and his gang may cause trouble for the town, but we are outright told that violence in the town will be bad for the town and that there won’t be violence if Will Kaine would only leave the town. Kaine, having refused to leave town and pursue his fight there, doomed the town by giving it a worse reputation by having killing in the streets. Then, after he does it, he prepares to leave town. All he did was destroy the hopes of the town, and then leave. A sad ending indeed, with a horrible person getting off for his misdeeds. In either case, the message of the time was clear. Communisim is bad, it’s capitalisim that wins.



The damned movie

The other damned movie