The Importance Of Non-Verbal Communication In The Stagecoach

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The Stagecoach, a critically acclaimed film, which followed the adventures of a group of unlikely and unfortunate passengers escaping from the brutality of Geronimo’s Apache warriors, established the precedent of the classic Western movie, containing crucial Western archetypical elements such as Ringo the Kid that has not hardly changed today. Furthermore, Stagecoach espoused social issues of the time by including passengers of varied social status and standing and emphasizing on such interactions that cross the rigidly defined and impermeable social divides at the time. The iconic movie was produced during the transition between silent films and films with spoken dialogue, and the remnants of the former film style are conspicuous throughout the film. Although explicit and spoken plot was crucial for the storyline, non-verbal communication offered implicit cues to attentive
Dallas was coerced onto the stagecoach, shamed and disgraced as a prostitute, which immediately puts her underneath the likes of Ms. Mallory. This discrepancy in social status and standing is evident through most of the film as Ms. Mallory constantly and condescendingly deflects Dallas’ amiable behavior and considerations. This is seen when Ms. Mallory discovers that her husband has been dispatched to a different city and denies any assistance offered by Dallas. Moreover, Ms. Mallory’s non-verbal communications with Dallas comes off rude and inconsiderate, most likely due to Dallas’ low social standing as a

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