Co-Cultures in a Multicultural Society Paper

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Co-Cultures in a Multicultural Society Paper

The movie Fools Rush In is a great example of how gender as well as cultural differences can hinder communication in a multicultural society. Fools Rush In is about two people, Alex and Isabel, who come from two different cultural backgrounds who after a one night stand become pregnant and decide to get married. However, along with the marriage come compromises that include cultural traditions and personal sacrifices. The movie is a comedy but can also be viewed as romantic and shows how two people who love each other can resolve the issues of cultural and gender differences. Male and female differ in their use of communication because their reasons for communicating are different. Men
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This is why during the meeting of Isabel’s family Alex is having a hard time understanding the Mexican American way of life and causes a stir during the family dinner by his mistakes. Common miscommunication among genders is misunderstandings, a woman may assume the man is not listening and a man may think his words are being twisted and taken out of context. Modern men and women by contrast are under the illusion that they speak the same language, though the words they use may be the same their meanings for each sex may be different (Cameron, 2007). Specific examples of some of these miscommunications, the underlying message, a female expects for a man to read between the lines of her words and understand what she is trying to say without her telling him. During the scene where Isabel clearly wants Alex to admit he loves her and wants to make the marriage work, she throws out these signals and expects for Alex to know what she wants when he is clearly confused and thinks she doesn’t want to be with him by her actions. The movie Fools Rush In also highlights the different types of conflict that occur in a multicultural society. The movie showed the conflict of interest, value conflict and goal conflict that went on between Alex and Isabel. The movie also touched on the different types of gender conflict that happen in a relationship between a man and a woman. The male style of communicating is more direct, personal and instrumental whereas the female