The Act Of Speaking And Communication In Hush In Buffy The Vampire Slayer

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The act of speaking and communicating are two very distinct actions. It is a common misconception that the only way to communicate with someone is by verbally speaking to them; but how would people communicate if one lost the ability to speak? The episode “Hush” in Buffy the Vampire Slayer-- an Emmy nominated series-- displays the relationship between talking and communicating, when evil creatures called The Gentlemen steal the voices of the citizens of Sunnydale. Buffy and her friends finds ways to communicate better than when they had their voices. In the episode “Hush”, when Buffy and her friends lose their voices and the ability to talk to each other, they are able to resolve their issues and, ironically, communicate best when they cannot speak. Buffy and her love interest Riley are able to better communicate with each other after they lose their voices. Throughout the episode, it is evident that Buffy and Riley like each other but are struggling to find a way to express and act on their emotions. This in part is due to the fact that both of these characters have a secret, double identity that they are keeping hidden from each other. Buffy is a vampire slayer and Riley is a covert operative for the United States military. They both help keep the town of Sunnydale safe from any harmful threats. Furthermore, attempting to be honest about their feelings, while also keeping such a tremendous part of their lives concealed from each other, has both of them struggling to find

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