Daniel Larusso And Mr. Miyagi: A Narrative Analysis

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Introduction Gordon (2000) defines a mentor as person who takes a special interest in assisting someone in need, to develop and achieve their goals. This paper will analyse and discuss the mentor and mentee relationship between Daniel LaRusso and Mr.Miyagi, staring in the 1984 American classic film, The Karate Kid. Kram (1983,1985) (as cited in Gordon, 2000), stated that there are four distinct phases of mentorship. This paper will discuss these four stages of mentorship, these are; Preparing, Negotiating, Enabling, and Closure, and will explain how they were represented in the film. Furthermore, it will discuss how these strategies used between Daniel and Mr. Miyagi can be implemented, when mentoring a person with a disability, in a professional…show more content…
Fox & colleagues, also suggested that the main duties for this phase to be successful, is for both the mentor and mentee, to introduce each other (formal/ or informal). Hale (n.d), believes that both, mentor and mentee should informally introduce each other first. Induct casual conversations about interests, values, future goals and dreams. Hale believes that this step is crucial and is the beginning to construct a successful relationship. In the film, Daniel and Mr. Miyagi, do not familiarize themselves, knowing they will establish a mentor and mentee relationship. Daniel has been instructed by his Mother, to seek plumbing maintenance help from Mr. Miyagi. Both, Daniel and Mr. Miyagi, introduce themselves, primarily as strangers in the beginning of the film. However, their mentor relationship really beings when Mr. Miyagi sees Daniel being physically bullied. It is from then on, the mentorship begins. Ehrich & colleagues (2008) suggest that there is evidence of formal and informal preparations. It is evident throughout the film, they both have a major common interest in Karate. This common interest allows them both to form a good mentorship. Fox & colleagues (1992), suggest that mentees that select mentors who they perceive as role models, this contributes to an often cited of closeness and intimacy of a mentor relationship. Kram (1985) (as cited in…show more content…
Ehrich & colleagues (2008) state that it is universal across a range of professional fields such as, schools, tertiary institutions, hospitals, and organisations, in the public and private sector.

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