Dont Bother to Knock

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Farlow 01
Alex Farlow
Communication 120
Mr. O’Donnell
November 10, 2012

The movie “Don’t bother to knock” Directed by Ward Baker is about the story of Essentially three people Nell (Marilyn Monroe), Jed (Richard Widmark) and Lyn (Anne Bancroft) and focuses on two interpersonal relationships Jed and Nell, A woman Jed meets in the hotel after he gets dumped by his current girlfriend Lyn, and the deteriorating relationship between Lyn and Jed. The movie focuses on these two relationships; the one that is just beginning with certain difficulties, Jed and Nell’s, and also the changing deteriorating relationship between Jed and Lyn. In this movie critique we will focus on the growth of Jed and Nell’s relationship.

The key concepts of this relationship in the movie are that of self-concept and perception, after seeing Nell across the way Jed calls her on the phone and she invites him up. Jed sees her in Expensive jewelry and clothes (all of which are not her own) and she presents herself as a strong capable woman. As the night progresses and the two parties begin to disclose a little more information about them such as after Nell receives news of Jed having flown a plane in the war she discloses to Jed that her boyfriend Phillip died in a plane accident during the war. Another big moment of Disclosure is when Jed sees the scars on Nell’s wrists as she is trying to prevent him from leaving She confides in him that she “tried to do it with a razor” (don’t bother to knock). All the fears one usually has about disclosing information to another do come to a head in this movie Another big moment of Disclosure is when Jed sees the scars on Nell’s wrists as she is trying to prevent him from leaving She confides in him that she “tried to do it with a razor”(don’t bother to knock). All the typical guidelines for self-disclosure are disobeyed especially disclosing in the appropriate context guideline , explained in Interpersonal messages in context of the book...
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