Communication Between Men and Women in "Thelma and Louise"
In communication between men and women, the two genders always
communicate differently. Traditionally men communicate facts directly and are
less likely to discuss details that have little to do with the conversation.
Women traditionally are more careful about what they say and seek to build
relationships by the way they communicate. These two forms of communication,
direct (traditional male) and indirect (traditional female), are consistent
throughout most cultures. There are cases where the men communicate indirectly
and the women directly but not where both the genders communicate in the same
way. (Lakoff 627) If the two genders do communicate in the same way, there is
bound to be serious conflict that usually involves violence.
The movie Thelma and Louise tells the story of two women who have run
away from their traditional roles as women. They have been put under too much
pressure from society and especially men. Both Thelma and Louise feel a need to
change their position in society and they do it by changing the way they
communicate. This change in communication between men and women causes the
women to take on a stronger and more direct language which also included robbery
and murder. They change from the traditional female forms of communication to a
more masculine form of communication. Once they change, the men who they come
into contact with change the way they communicate as well, or they face serious
consequences. This demonstrates the fact that men and women are bound to
communicate differently. In the movie, Thelma and Louise react violently to men
who communicate directly to them after they have changed their form of
communication. These violent reactions are a result of the men breaking the
cultural ideal that men and women are bound to communicate differently. At the
beginning of the movie Thelma and Louise, Thelma and Louise were women who lived
lives of typical American women and communicated like one would expect a woman
communicate. They were concerned mainly about their relationships with men and
tried not to make them mad. However, they needed a break from their lives and
the two women decided to take a quick vacation. Their lives change when Thelma
is raped by a man she meets at a bar. When Louise shoots and kills the...
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understanding they have about each other when they separate. He even asks
Louise to marry him while he is giving her the money. Jimmy shows a great need
for intimacy with his proposal and also he shows his feelings for Louise. This
proposal is the ultimate expression of connection with Louise and shows his
emotional tie he has to her. He is very open and shows his emotions in his body
language, which are also characteristics of traditional feminine communication
The contrast that exists in communication between men and women is shown
clearly in Thelma and Louise. The movie shows what happens when the two genders
communicate similarly and differently. When they communicate differently their
is a good understanding of each other and a greater sense of connection between
the two people communicating; which was shown well by the FBI agent Hal and
Louise's boyfriend Jimmy. When a man and a woman communicated in the same way,
there was conflict between the two. This was illustrated well by the truck
driver and the rapist Harlen and the conflicts they had with Thelma and Louise;
proving the point that men and women must communicate differently.