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A2 - Assignment#2 8329709042 Aleena Khan Writing 140 David...

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Assignment #2 8329709042 Aleena Khan Writing 140 David Openshaw Revision: The Intersection of Love and Money While exploring the concept of intimacy, it is critical to consider that it is not only confined to romance or sex, but can also be familial or service-related, such as a mother’s love towards a child or a masseuse touching another individual as a means of physical labor. In her article “The Purchase of Intimacy”, Zelizer analyzes the intermingling of money and intimacy, differentiating between the various possible payment and relationship types. Although one can argue that all three views of the relationship between intimacy and money – Hostile Worlds, Nothing But, and Differential Ties - are prevalent throughout ‘The Apartment’, Billy Wilder seems to predominantly capture the “Nothing But” view throughout the film. However, the audience must consider the difference between what the director portrays in the film and what he actually supports or agrees with. Billy Wilder’s attitudes towards these three views are apparent through his use of tone, lighting and music, thus allowing the audience to interpret his personal views regarding the combination of monetary transfers with intimate relationships. One might argue that the film predominantly endorses the Hostile World’s View; Zelizer introduces this view as the condemnation of any intersection between money and intimacy. Supporters of this view believe that the intermingling of both money and intimacy leads to moral contamination and degradation. Billy Wilder uses CC Baxter’s relationship with his neighbor to symbolize the boundary between intimacy and money. After the doctor performs relational work by helping Fran recover from her illness, Baxter asks: “How much do I owe you?” implying that he is 1
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prepared to pay him, however, his friend says that he did the favor “as a neighbor, not as a doctor.” This example supports the Hostile World’s View, in which it would have been immoral for Baxter’s neighbor to expect financial compensation for helping out his friend.
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