Mark Knapp Developmental Model

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Interpersonal communication is where the parties consider another as unique individuals rather than objects. It allows for understanding and provides a give and take in their dialog. Mark Knapp created a developmental model of communication that depicts ten stages which represent the rise and fall of relationships, also contains how to maintain it (Adler, Rodman, & du Pre, 2014). Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind focus on the relationship between Joel and Clementine. Lacuna Inc. is a company where individuals can have their memories erased. A procedure that Clementine does that leads to Joel to do the same. Leads to the circumstances of a harsh end of the relationship and the possibility of starting anew. Knapp’s first stage in development…show more content…
People may fall in love or have a close friendship at this stage (Communication theory, 2010). A date on a frozen lake, Clem with her vibrant red hair Joel in his beanie, lay on the ice and look at the night sky holding hands. “I could die right now, Clem. I'm just... happy. I've never felt that before. I'm just exactly where I want to be” (Bergman, Golin, & Gondry 2004). After the call a date was made, Clem takes him on the frozen lake. Joel was apprehensive about going on the ice because he was afraid it would crack eventually he goes on. Laying down and looking-up he shows her the constellations that he knows. The last stage in coming together is bonding where wanting to announce the relationship to the world. At some point in the two year relationship they had stated to live together and to so represent as a united front. They also go into the world as a couple and are seen as being a happy couple. Such as being on the streets of New York during a parade. Also have nicknames for each other that they use in…show more content…
The last time Joel and Clementine were together was when she had come back from a night out. She came home tipsy and dented his car and she antagonized him and he question her fidelity. That was the last draw, she grabs her purse leaves the keys and just walks out of his life. Both now having knowledge of their past relationship decide if trying again is worth it. “I don't see anything I don't like about you. But you will! But you will, and I'll get bored with you and feel trapped, because that's what happens with me. Okay. Okay.” (Bergman, Golin, & Gondry,

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