Interpersonal Communications Movie Analysis

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Christopher Moran 7/22/2015 Professor Kovtun Film Analysis The Verbal and Nonverbal in Gangs of New York The Name of the movie that I will be analyzing for you today is, “Gangs of New York.” This movie stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio as the two main characters. In this movie DiCaprio plays a young Irish immigrant named Amsterdam Vallon, who was just released from prison. Vallon returns to the Five Points, the setting of the movie, to seek revenge against his father's killer, William “The Butcher” Cutting, who is played by Daniel Day-Lewis. “The Butcher” is a powerful anti-immigrant gang leader and Vallon knows that revenge can only be achieved by becoming a part of Cutting's inner circle and destroying him from the inside out. Amsterdam's journey becomes a story of personal survival and a battle to try and find a place for the Irish in 1860's New York. I will start by taking three scenes from this movie, which include Vallon and “The Butcher”, and break down their verbal and nonverbal aspects. In the first scene that I analyzed we see Vallon, as a young boy, watch Cutting murder his father. Cutting then turns to young Vallon and looks at him as if he was sorry for what had to be done, then out of sympathy he tells his men to hand Vallon over to the law and to make sure that he gets a proper education. The main concept that I see inside of this scene is sympathy. Sympathy is viewing another person’s situation from your point of view (Adler & Proctor, 2014). The reason I see sympathy in this scene is because Cutting could have easily killed Vallon, like he killed his father but instead he looked at him and spared him, he then told his men to give him something that not a lot of people had at that time and that is an education. In the Second scene that I analyzed we see Cutting sitting at a table gambling and Vallon, who just got out of

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