Books and Movies Reviews

Children of A Lesser God

The movie Children of a Lesser God can be best described as a love story that deals with barriers in basic communication.It is a story based on a play about a talented teacher for the deaf named James, who forms an interest in a deaf employee named Sarah, who works for the same school.His job is to help deaf children learn how to speak, so he feels he can help Sarah to do the same.Initially, James runs into problems with her because she doesn't have an interest in learning how to speak and she admits to him that she doesn't know how to read lips.
James takes this as a challenge and begins to lure Sarah to him by coincidentally bumping into her from time to time.Once he draws Sarah in by taking her to dinner and communicating with her quite often, they realize that they've fallen in love.The conflict in the movie is that James unwittingly tries time and time again to get Sarah to speak and learn to read lips and she basically wants him to step into her world of silence.
Near the end of the movie we see as James explodes and finally tells her that he's tired of trying to reach out to her all of the time and doesn't understand what's holding her back.Her response is equally explosive as she explains her sentiments about the issue.After some time they experience separated, James and Sarah reunite in the end to resume the love that they share for each other.
In the communication context, there are a few characteristics of communication that are dealt with in this movie.The obvious barrier of communication between the deaf and the hearing, relationship conflict, and the use of nonverbal communication, are all aspects in communication that are touched upon in this movie.
First, the main subject of the movie obviously is how James a hearing instructor tries to communicate not only with his hearing-impaired students, but the woman that he eventually falls in love with, Sarah. This may not …

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