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feelings towards him very directly and clearly. Harlen did not know that Louise had changed her form of communication and preceded to communicate to her very directly by insulting her and using very obscene language. When she changed the way she communicated, she felt compelled to shoot him. If he would have changed his communication style to one which is more understanding and concerned, he would have not been shot because Louise would have not felt threatened by the him. In the other case where a man does not recognize that Thelma and Louise have changed their form of communication is when the two women pull the rude and obscene truck driver over and blow up his truck. By this time in the movie, Thelma has obviously changed her form of communication to the same style that

Louise changed to. When they ask this old truck driver to pull over, he is thinking that the two women are physically attracted to him and that they will communicate like traditional women. Thelma and Louise are obviously not, and are just planing to get some revenge on him. The truck driver communicates with the two women throughout the movie. Every time they pass him on the road, he makes many of totally un-called-for comments and gestures towards them. He does not strive for any emotional connection to them like he would if he truly knew and understood their style of communication. So when he is conned by Thelma and Louise to pull over, they decided to blow up his truck and communicate the fact that they did not appreciate the way that he treated them. These two examples show

that communication styles between men and women are different. If they are not different, something bad is bound to happen. The two genders must have different communication styles because they have learned through culturalization that men and women communicate differently. There has been some kind of understanding or force that keeps the two genders from communicating in the same way. Lakoff describes this understood force as being “?some deep intrinsic physical and/ or psychological distinction that irrevocably divides the sexes: The need for polarization is very strong.” It may not be consciously understood by all people, but it is subconsciously understood by most since in nearly every culture, men and women are treated differently from birth to the end of their lives

(Lakoff 625-626). When men did change their style of communication when they communicated with Thelma and Louise they were more successful in communicating with them. With Thelma and Louise communicating more directly, men could not communicate with them directly because this would result in violent consequences. Most men in Thelma and Louise do change their style when they communicate with them. Louise?s boyfriend, Jimmy, changes his form of communication fast and is basically used by the two women to help them escape Also there is the Police officer, Hal, who is tracking down the Thelma and Louise who uses a more indirect style in communicating with the two. Though the ultimate situation for these two men turned out negatively, they were able to communicate better with Thelma

and Louise than the two men who communicated directly to them. In the case of Hal, the FBI agent, he is forced by Thelma and Louise to communicate indirectly because the two women are speaking directly to him. He switches over to the indirect form as soon as he begins to communicate with Thelma and Louise. He appears too be “soft” and to have some kind of emotional connection with Thelma and Louise. He genuinely does not want anything to happen to them and seems to believe the two?s story. Hal has taken this case personally. One can see this in the concern on his face when he speaks to the suspects on the phone and when he runs after them as they drive over the cliff. He asks them “Can?t we sit down and talk about it?” This sounds like something a woman would say rather

than a man would say, demonstrating that Hal has changed his form over to a more feminine from of communication. Louise?s boyfriend, Jimmy, also takes a more indirect and feminine style of communication with Thelma and especially Louise. He takes this feminine style to an extreme by letting Thelma and Louise use him. He gives them money for their escape even though he does not want them to go. He is trying anything to keep his connection with Louise. Jimmy can communicate the best with Louise because he approaches her with this feminine style. This is shown by the long conversations they have while they exchange the money and the clear 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