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Interpersonal Paper- Tootsie Interpersonal communication is the communication that occurs simultaneously with another person in an attempt to mutually influence one another usually for the purpose of managing relationships Dustin Hoffman encountered and altered his interpersonal communication skills while playing the character of Michael Dorsey in the film Tootsie Tootsie examines a gender bending cross-dressing male in the mid 1980s This movie was a script for its time as well as the future as its ideas on relationships between men and women still hold in todays society Tootsie stars Dustin Hoffman as a talented but troublesome actor unemployable due to his reputation Out of desperation he dresses up as Dorothy to win a role as a woman on a daytime soap He continues his charade of the sexes for a full year Michael faces many interpersonal relationships throughout the film between himself as a male along with what it means and feels like to be a woman Michael faced stages of relationship building as a male and as a woman in some cases with the same person Michael was turning a friendship into more of an intimate relationship with a fellow actor Teri Garr Michael reached the intimacy stage with his new love however as Dorothy Garr despised himher Garr watched Dorothy enter Michaels apartment leaving Garr with a hostile and uneasy feeling on Dorothys intentions with her new man In a chance encounter I believe Garr and Dorothy would reach the turmoil stage quickly Garr was able to hold two very different relationships with both characters Michael and Dorothy conformed unknowingly to societies views of the loving man and the man stealing woman in turn changing Garrs reaction to each Dorothys nonverbal and verbal communication changed dramatically from her original form as Michael Dorothy used her small frail and grandma like appearance to her advantage to create her overall image She played on societys views on how an older single woman should act
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