The Importance Of Silence And The Ascot Race

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In contrast, the tenement area is much dirtier and things are constantly out of place. This communicates a more comfortable, easy-going attitude but also shows the lack of refinement that the lower class has. There are also a lot of working people in the streets and their artifacts are primarily composed of utility items like shovels, flower baskets, and beer mugs. Their items are not just there for decoration and they are often symbolic of the field of work that those people are in. Even the furniture of the working class is different as instead of more robust furniture around a proper fireplace, they use crates and various other repurposed items to seat themselves around a smudge-pot fire. A lot of these status symbolizing items also reflect …show more content…
(Wood, 2013) Silence refers to a lack of sound and despite the mild nature of silence, it is capable of sending important messages to others. (Wood, 2013) As described by Scott (1972), “In speaking we remain silent. And in remaining silent, we speak.” (p. 146) There are a variety of meanings of silence. During the Queen of Transylvania’s entrance and the Ascot Race, silence shows respect. The silence when Eliza shocks the audience at the Ascot race is much different because it is because everyone is surprised and speechless that she could say such a vulgar thing in a proper setting. Sentimental, melancholy emotions are communicated at the very end of the film when Professor Higgins is pacing by himself in his house at the very end of the film. The silence after Eliza makes her presence known is much more hopeful because it is combined with Higgins change in posture as he straightens how he is sitting and looks up more. It shows his recognizing she is there and confirms her existence. This not only shows communication but also serves as a wonderful ending before Higgins breaks the moment somewhat comedically by asking “Eliza, where the devil are my slippers?” (Cukor, …show more content…
Nonverbal communication is also used as a means of expressing status and social standing. Nearly all five senses are involved in nonverbal communication whether it is smell that links us to memories and experiences that shaped who we are, touch and how we react to touch, personal appearance and how we view our environment, or even sounds and tones of voice we can hear and interpret. (Wood, 2013) In the analysis of the film and its use of this type of communication we have also noted the ambiguity of nonverbal communication and how easy it is to misinterpret nonverbal communication. This ambiguity not only in nonverbal communication but in all types of communication are one of the most important reasons that it is important to communicate well. Competent communication can allow for ease in expressing our ideas and feelings while also minimizing conflict in our interpersonal relationships. (Wood, 2013) This in itself is extremely important, even in the case of Eliza and Professor Higgins whose relationship nearly came to an end due to a lack of proper

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