In a 5 – 8 page paper (typed and double-spaced), identify and focus you attention on how the filmmakers,
the film selected, reflects a central theme related to Interpersonal Communication. Focus your analysis on
two significant relationships in the film. In other words, narrow your analysis to the interpersonal
communication which occurs between two individuals for two sets of people (two separate dyads).
After stating the central theme, your first paragraph should identify and explain which characters you have
selected (state names) from the film, their relationship to each other, and any significant role (i.e.,
ideal male/female and/or stereotyped male/female) which is important to the overall theme development
for the film. Once relationships are identified, describe actual verbal and nonverbal behavior you
enacted in the film.
REMEMBER: DESCRIBE BEHAVIORS, INTERPRET YOUR OBSERVATIONS, THEN
ANALYSIS AND ANSWERS WITH CONCEPTS AND THEORIES STATED IN YOUR
TEXTBOOK. Use the
textbook to support your perceptions/inferences generated as you address the following issues:
I. EXPLAIN THE INFLUENCE OF CONTEXT ON THE RELATIONSHIP
How important is the physical context to the relationship? What about social context? What about the
temporal and/or cultural context?
II. IDENTIFY THE CHARACTERS AND THE COMMUNICATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP, AS
EACH INDIVIDUAL COMMUNICATION PATTERN
What are the core or most important themes (key issues) which evolve?
What behaviors (verbal and nonverbal) are enacted in order to reinforce one’s beliefs, attitudes, and
about the relationship and life in general?
How do the relationships engage or disengage (come together or fall apart)?
What type of messages are given in order to continue, maintain, or end the relationship? Do the
end? Do the relationships change? How?
III. EMOTIONS and EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION/BEHAVIORS
What emotions are expressed when the characters communicate the importance of their relationship?
What emotions are demonstrated within the stage of relationship for the dyad? Is it emotional expression
IV. SELF-PERCEPTION AND PERSONAL GROWTH
Explain how the relationship (interpersonal communication) has an influence on Individual’s self-concept,
self-esteem, and self-awareness.
What type of messages were communicated to show the interpersonal growth of individual
communicators within each relationship?
V. CULTURE AND INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATON
What concepts are evident within the film that speak to the influence of culture within the relationship?
What impact does enculturation have on the individuals within the relationship? What other concepts of
culture can you identify within the dyads observed?
V. EXPLAIN ANY RELATEDNESS THE FILM BROUGHT TO YOU
Which situation, relationship, or behaviors did you find similar to your own interpersonal communication
others? What did you learn from this film which you can incorporate in your own relationships?