An Analysis of the Characters' Relationship Development in Roman Holiday from the Perspective of Politeness Principle

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An Analysis of the Characters' Relationship Development in Roman Holiday from the Perspective of Politeness Principle

1. Introduction Roman Holiday is a classical romance-comedy film in which a reporter falls in love with a runaway European princess. As a very influential film, Roman Holiday makes a deep impression on the audience with its funny plots and expressive dialogues. However, most of the critics attribute its success to the plot arrangement and actors' performance. As far as the author concern, the film dialogues also plays an important role. Moreover, many scholars, who are engaged in linguistic studies, begin to apply linguistic approach to analyze film dialogues, the results are interesting and inspiring. Some critics
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Since there are many polite and courteous dialogues in Roman Holiday, which, to some extent, correspond to the above maxims. Therefore, the followings are the practical analysis of the dialogues in Roman Holiday on the basis of the six maxims of Leech's Politeness Principle.
3.Analysis of the dialogues in Roman Holiday
3.1 Manifestation of Tact Maxim in Roman Holiday Tact Maxim is oriented towards other's interests, wants and needs. It is often used in directive situations, such as requests, which are often indirect, tentative, giving an opportunity to refuse, and also minimizing speaker's imposition on hearer. It has positive and negative sub-maxims: Minimize the cost to other. Maximize the benefit to other. In the film, there are many conversations observing this maxim. When poor Joe wants to borrow some money from the landlord Giovanni so as to take the princess out down the town and make an exclusive interview on her. Joe asked in an indirect way: Joe: Swell! Thanks a lot. Oh er, Giovanni, er... How would you like to make some money? Giovanni: Money? Joe: Yeah. That's the stuff. Now look, I've got a sure thing: double your money back in two days. Giovanni: Double my money? Joe: Yeah well, I need a little investment capital to swing the deal. Now, if you'll just lend me a little cash, I… In fact,