Angry that he has failed to share the truth with the authorities, she implores him to listen to his conscience. Edie Doyle: Which side are you with? And anybody who sits around and lets it happen, keeps silent about something he knows has happened, shares the guilt of it just as much as the roman soldier who pierced the flesh of Our Lord to see if He was dead.
The rough and violent nature of the docks, evident in the opening 'shape-up' scene, signifies that the area is dangerous and full of hardship - a man's world.
Edie Doyle: I never met anyone like you. Edie Doyle plays a significant role in providing the initial inspiration to the main protagonist Terry as he seeks to withstand the pressure of the mob.
Moreover, Kazan's inclusion of only one woman in the film, Edie Doyle, gives proof of this idea.
Terry Malloy: You know you're not too funny today, fat man! You was my brother, Charley, you shoulda looked out for me a little bit. Eating, sleeping, flying around like crazy, raising gobs of squabs.
Anyone who breaks the code or is suspected of dubious loyalty is unlikely to receive a work token. Do it to him before he does it to you.
The dramatic beating music accompanying the opening scene foreshadows an evil and intense event about to occur. I could have been a contender.