Hotel Rwanda: Analysis of Non-Verbal Communication

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Hotel Rwanda: Analysis of Non-Verbal Communication

In Hotel Rwanda, Paul is an exceptional leader who is able to make important decisions under such crucial times. A part in which I would like to discuss his body language, facial expressions, eye contact, vocal expression, posture and gestures, as well as, personal space. At the point where Paul finds out that there will be no rescue for the people, he gives a “mini” speech to the people, saying that those who know influential people around the world must call and talk to them letting them know that they will die. He explains to them that they need to talk to that person and that “When you say goodbye, say it as though you are reaching through the phone and holding their hand. Let them know if they let go of that hand…you will die. We must shame them into sending help.” Then he goes on to explain to the refugees, that his hotel cannot be a refugee camp. Throughout this scene, while Paul is talking, you can read his body language and pick up on other clues as to what he just might be feeling or truly thinking. If the tone in his voice is observed, it is easy to tell that he had a deep concern for his people and was worried. Although the tone of his voice portrayed this, his posture showed confidence for the most part. However, his body did seem bit tense, which shows that he is not completely comfortable with the situation. His eyes showed concern, sadness, and his facial expressions seemed to be stern, yet caring. When Paul is using his hands, you can notice that during most of his talk he has one hand crossed and he uses the other to motion as he speaks. This shows that his communication is partially open, but also partially closed. Body language is easy to spot, and with some previous learning- people can decipher what a person is truly saying through their body language.
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