Interpersonal Essay Based on a Movie

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Introduction
“Men and women can't be friends, because sex always gets in the way”, is the main theme of the movie “When Harry met Sally”. The script is a good example of the interpersonal communication ten stage model by Mark Knapp. This developmental model entails the stages of a relationship from it’s infancy to an ending. In the movie we can clearly identify all ten stages of this model.

Stage # 1 - Initiating
According to the Knapp model, the beginning of every relationship—especially an intimate, romantic or close friendship—begins with the initiation stage. This stage involves the initial contact with another person. In the movie the stage of initiation begins when Harry and Sally meet for the first time and prepare to share a day travelling together in Sally’s car from Chicago to New York City. During this stage Harry and Sally are introduced by Harry’s girlfriend and begin their trip.

Stage # 2 - Experimenting
The second stage of the Knapp model, experimentation, is usually focused on time spent between people getting acquainted. During this stage people usually making “small talk” and it helps prepare the stage for future communication and interaction. In the movie, the second stage begins shortly after they begin their long trip when Harry asks Sally “why don’t you tell me the story of your life?” There is lot’s of small talk and dialog; talking about happiness and who is more prepared to face death, to analyzing and interrelating to the characters of the movie Casablanca. It is clear that Harry is more experienced and uses his communication ability more effectively in an effort to learn more about Sally and her background. Harry is able to use small talk to uncover more interesting information and leads the conversation to the point where he can safely tell Sally how attractive she is.

Stage # 3 - Intensifying
During the third stage of…...

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