December 23, 2013
This paper will examine the differences in culture within the aspect of the film The Princess and the Frog. The cultural aspects of this film will be examined using Hall’s perspective of culture as a screen and Hofstede’s five dimensions. This paper will evaluate both cultural identity and culture bias in the film. It will explain the concept of cultural patterns and show what types of cultural patterns are present in the film. This paper will also illustrate examples of both verbal and nonverbal intercultural communication in the film. It will show how these relate to Hall’s theory of cultural high context or low context societies. The first aspect we will look at will be cultural identity and cultural bias within the film. Cultural Identity and Cultural Bias
In the movie the Princess and the Frog we look at three different cultures interacting within the film. The first cultural identity is the economically advantaged, well educated, high-born aspect of the Prince. His cultural bias includes a feeling of superiority that others are beneath him, that others will see to his needs as befits his station in life. The second cultural identity is the princess a low-born, economically disadvantaged, publically educated, working class woman. Her cultural bias is that high-born, non-working class people are incapable of taking care of themselves or caring for others in a practical way. The third cultural identity within this movie is the animals. The animals are a natural culture seeing that things will be as they are meant to be and everything happens for a reason, a very mellow and trusting group. The cultural bias is that humans judge them without really knowing them and it is unfair judgment as they are only as nature intended them to be. Next we will discuss cultural patterns what that means and what they are specific to each character within the film. Cultural Patterns
What exactly is a cultural pattern? A cultural pattern is anything that is reflected within a specific groups practice such as religion, land use, economic activity, education, or attitude towards gender among other things. It is something that a group shares in common with the rest of the group. We will begin with the Prince in this film. His cultural pattern is to be educated in the best schools, to eat at the best restaurants and in general have the best of everything in life. He shares his culture with the elite in life a very small percentage who are born into a family of wealth and advantage never knowing what it is to either want or work. The Princess however was born into a working class life always wanting to better her, never knowing a life of ease, educated with the rest of the children in her area at a public school and sometimes going without. She has a culture that can improve themselves or not as they chose depending on their work ethic and luck. Last we have the animals who share the culture of the relaxed attitude believing that life will provide what they need and that they never really want anything but what they have with no desire to change the land, education, or anything else about their life. It is a seemingly fatalistic attitude believing they are born into, will live in and die within the same social setting. All of these three cultural patterns are very different and specific almost as if the writer chose the three most different cultural patterns available to show to the watcher. Next we look at examples of verbal and nonverbal interaction in the film and Hall and Hofstede’s Theories. Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
A great example of verbal and nonverbal communication within the movie The Princess and the Frog what the scene where the Prince is a Frog trying to convince the Princess that the story is real and to kiss him. In this scene she says she doesn’t believe him and that it is only a fairytale but you can see on her face she is...
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