A family communication





Choose one of the movies listed below and watch it and analyze the family communication you
witness in the storyline, taking notes of specific important family communication moments or
events as you go. Work to frame your analysis via at least two family communication theories and
identification of at least three concepts from the textbook (or class discussions).
Yes, you can make a night of it and join up with others in our class to watch and discuss together,
but I want each of you to do your own analysis, based on what you perceived while analyzing the
family communication evident in each movie, because you are likely to see and notice different
things. Analyze the family communication you see evidenced in the movie.
Here is one way you could organize your paper:
Offer a short summary of the plot of the movie, identifying the main characters and themes of the
Identify the first theory you used to analyze the family communication and explain why that
theory would be useful in describing some of the family communication evident in the movie.
Write about those scenes or moments in the movie that exemplified aspects of the theory. Weave
in the related concepts in your application of that theory to the movie.
Identify a second theory you decided to apply to this movie and explain why you chose it. Again,
identify and write about specific scenes or moments in the movie that illustrate family
communication via that theory. Again, weave in related concepts in your analysis.
Offer your overall thoughts and opinions about the movie and what could be learned about family
communication from watching this story. Then write a short conclusion.
Your movie options are
The Great Santini – Based on Pat Conroy’s best-selling novel (and based loosely on his own family
experiences) this movie was FILMED IN BEAUFORT and released in 1979. You can read about this
movie here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Santini
Captain Fantastic – A quirky dark comedy, this movie was released i


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