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Waiting for Lefty One out of the many major points that Clifford Odets makes in his play Waiting for Lefty is that a union is the only way to make the low man on the pyramid have any sort of balance of power with the big business triangle Without a Union the low working classman doesnt have any sort of power Big business can drive down lower wages and create a strong competition amongst employees Several times throughout the play the different characters feel that they arent able to do anything on their own against the big business While this is contradicted in the case of Dr Benson and Benjamin it still goes to prove fact of strength in numbers such as a union The writer seems to argue that the average working man can gain power if they want to but they have to really want it These working men cant rely on this god-like figure Lefty to save them as proven to Joe by Ednas strike threat Unions can act as a pseudo family as proven at the end when the voice exposes his own brother as being the man that betrayed the union by being a corporate spy All in all Unions create a sense of pride in work for these men A pride of being able to accomplish something for themselves not just the capitalist thriving business they are working for This play is a montage of avant-garde scenes that all come together with the constant consistent display of the taxis as an underlying reminder as to what the conflict is All in all unions avert government arbitration and allow the honest working man to do what he knows best and that is work
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