Politeness Theory In The Movie

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The second main theory is the Politeness Theory. In this movie, politeness theory and its concepts have appeared a lot. There are two concepts showed by the film. The first one is about that Claude and Marie usually would like to maintain their positive faces in public places. And another part is about how did Claude or Marie made face threatening acts, and what is the difference between their face threatening acts.
Politeness Theory means when people interacted with others, they tried to manage and restore their own face through communications (Oliver, 2017). Face this term in Politeness Theory, not only represents our facial features, it symbolizes the self-image which we prefer others to perceive. Also, face defined as two aspects, the
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And their ways to do the face threatening acts also are distinct. The type of face threating acts which Marie used the most is “Bald on Record”. For instance, she wanted to solve the conflicts between their sons-in-law and themselves, however, she could not do it by herself, then she sought helps from Claude, she suggested Claude to do the toast, and apologized to their sons-in-law. What’s more, Marie liked to go to Church and complained to Father, she also asked Father’s opinions about how to have a Catholic son-in-law. On the other hand, Claude did not do much face threating acts like Marie, when he knew that his last daughter will marry to a black male, he was frustrated. But he didn’t do any Face threating acts. The only way he resolves his stress is doing some outdoor activities, like farming, and fishing. Just like Buikema and Roeters (1982) found in their analyses, females are more likely to do more face threatening acts than males. Claude and Marie’s behaviors reflect this idea. Moreover, the few scenes Claude made face threatening acts include a plot which Claude was fishing, and he asked Charles (the fourth son-in-law)’s father to help him pull the fishing rod. This is the only typical face threatening act Claude made during the whole movie. Claude’s behavior reminds me other scholars’ researches about face threatening acts. Guan and Lee indicated in their studies that: “This research systematically examined facework in intercultural FTAs and identified that situational conditions influence facework strategies more than individual dispositions” (p. 79). From earlier discussions, we observed that Claude is a person that would not like to do any Face threatening acts. However, when he with Charles’s father, he sought helps from a person he only met few days. The reason causes this change is the variations of the situational condition. On that situation, Claude is in a relaxing

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