The Village Analysis

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The Village Essay I. Introduction M. Night Shyamalan’s film The Village offers an exemplary case study for understanding how the Ritual View of Communication helps us understand different aspects of the communication process, and how it plays into everyday life. This movie offers many examples of the Ritual View and it shows us why it is that it is possible to create your own reality. II. A Brief Explanation of the Ritual View of Communication James Carey states “Communication is a symbolic process whereby reality is produced, maintained, repaired and transformed.” Primarily when it comes to communication, it is important to be able to spot the difference between the Transmission View and the Ritual View. The Ritual View focuses more so on the depths of communicating, rather than what is portrayed on the surface. Ritual View is less obvious, and it requires us to think critically as to why we do the things we do, and what effect it is having on the world around us. In simpler terms, it is basically the idea that our reality is determined by our communication. Rather than our actions or beliefs playing into the standards or ‘norms’ of modern day society, it is believed that we are creating modern day society by these actions. III. Application of Ritual View of Communication to The Village Within The Village, it was interesting to see how the ritual view of Communication came into effect. While watching this movie, it was sort of difficult to find how it played into these villagers and their lives at first. However, a couple of things noticed were that they didn’t question anything. They didn’t challenge their beliefs; they just ran with them, because that is all that they knew. For instance, they didn’t question “those we don’t speak of”, they just knew it was ‘wrong’ to speak of them. They didn’t question why the color red was the ‘bad color’ they
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