Gran Torino Movie Essay Name Professor Institution Subject Date Gran Torino Movie Essay The intercultural communication can be defined from the experiences in life regarding the popular culture and the cultural conflicts which tend to affect and influence the day to day communications. Communication is part of everyone’s life despite having different cultures across the whole world. The movie “Gran Torino” brings out the idea of cultural conflicts and also denotes how successful an intercultural conflict can become among people if only they get to acknowledge each other’s cultural beliefs. The intercultural communication can be understood as having an interaction between people of different cultural backgrounds by use of both the verbal and the nonverbal communication. Intercultural communication is part of the world and it does not mean that the other person trying to understand the other cultural background has to abandon their own culture or become a member on Walt. At the end of the film Walt also maintains his friendship with Thao by helping Thao to realize his potentials and this confirms the successfulness of intercultural communication. The film ends with Walt being a peaceful man who underwent a peaceful death as well. The film helps us understand that even though we are of different cultural backgrounds it is possible to interact with one another peacefully as long as we understand each other’s cultures traditions and beliefs. Different people from across the world have a different style of communication and also different verbal communications and even the nonverbal. The intercultural communication skills are an important part of every human being as we get to learn from one another hence the intercultural communication has to be successful among all the people. References Bradshaw P. (2009 February 19). Film review: Gran Torino. Retrieved November 07 2017 from https://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/feb/20/gran-torino-film-review-clint-eastwood [...]
GRAN TORINO Film Notes Year: 2008 Director: Clint Eastwood Length: 116 Minutes Rated: R Characters/Actors Walt Kowalski: Clint Eastwood Thao: Bee Vang Sue: Ahney Her Father Janovich: Christopher Carley Barber Martin: John Carroll Lynch Mitch Kowalski: Brian Haley Communication Courses Communication Theory Intercultural Communication Communication Concepts Adapting to Diversity Linguistic Divergence/Convergence Speech Codes Theory Pedagogical Perspective Buoyed by critical acclaim and strong box office receipts, Gran Torino is a film your students know and likely have seen. The film provides several examples of adapting to cultural diversity, along with illustrating speech codes and linguistic divergence/convergence. The film is rated R for language throughout, and for some violence. Synopsis Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski, a retired autoworker and Korean War veteran living out his remaining days at his home. In Walt’s world, nothing is supposed to change: children should always respect their elders, a man should be able take care of his own home, and people should live with their own kind. Walt’s worldview changes dramatically when he gets to know his Hmong neighbors, and becomes an unwilling mentor to Thao, a young Hmong man in need of direction. Despite his crusty exterior and callous demeanor, Walt becomes both hero and savior for the entire neighborhood. Assignment In this assignment, you will write a 4-5 page paper, which should include answering the discussion questions (listed below). Conceptualize and answer these questions under the light of intercultural communication. That means that the answers should tie in with the significance of intercultural communication, and how it has influenced the characters in this movie. This paper should be written in an APA-Style format. Your paper will be evaluated on the following: Content Grammar Structure and mechanics Relevance to the topic(s) ***Each essay will be submitted to Turnitin.com, via the Dropbox link in Blackboard.*** Discussion Questions 1. Analyze Walt’s process of adapting to cultural diversity (Ch. 11). Identify difference between Walt’s culture and the Hmong people. 2. Looking closely at Walt’s communications style, how would you describe his verbal communication skills versus of Thao and Sue? What are the meanings and purposes Walt attaches to talk? 3. How does Walt view friendship different than Thao and Sue? What strategies are different between them in initiating and maintaining friendships?