Perception, Kinesics, Initial Interaction And Self Concept/Esteem In "Pretty Woman"

1255 words - 5 pages

Standing on a street corner waiting for a guy to pick you up for sex probably isn’t the idle way to start romantic relationship, well at least its not a way to start one that will last more than a week or a few days. But in the movie a wealthy businessman Edward picks up Pretty Woman Vivien. Over the course of the movie they develop an intense bond for each other. While watching this movie I came across the four major concepts that I felt played a major role in the film Perception, Kinesics, Initial Interaction and Self-Concept/Esteem.
Kinesics is the study of body movements and gestures. There are many forms of Kinesics but the most prevalent form portrayed in this movie is Adaptors. Adaptors tend to be signs of either tension or boredom, and are general not positive. Adaptors are excess unmotivated movement, usually in the hands or feet (Beebe, Steven A., Susan J. Beebe, and Mark V. Redmond. "Nonverbal Messages). Adaptors played a significant part in the movie. Fidgeting is how Vivien express to us when she’s nervous. She fidgeting’s throughout the whole. At dinner she started to fidget because she had never been to such a fancy restaurant before, while she was attending a Polo match she started to fidget because she wasn't in familiar surroundings and once again while on the way to the opera. In all of these instances she felt uneasiness about her surroundings. Vivien adaptors helped us understand how she feels about being around new surroundings. Being able to understand Vivien’s adaptors help views better understand the transition she went through in the movie, from hooking on the streets of Hollywood Blvd to shopping in Beverly Hills, attending fancy dinners and attending polo matches. Her adaptors tell us more than the words that she's saying.
Words have the power to create and label experiences, and impact our thoughts and actions. Every time we speak, every time we use language, we are revealing our thoughts, our very selves to others. No matter inane, superficial or emotion-laden the conversation (verbal messages pg. 4) I never really paid attention to how 'language' affects the different characters in this movie. Vivien works the streets as a prostitute. We assign the definition “a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money” (Prostitute | Define Prostitute at )to the word prostitute. There are many scenes in this movie that gives examples of this concept.
Language played a crucial role in about every scene in this movie. At the polo match Edward tells his attorney, Philip that Vivien is a prostitute. People attach meanings to words. By telling Philip Vivien’s a prostitute he attaches several words to prostitute. He calls her a “bargain basement street walker”. Then he proceeds to approaching Vivien and tells her she and him should get together sometime after Edward leaves. Literally belittling her making her feel useless. This scene reminded me of the time old saying “Words hurt”. This saying is best...

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