“I did it”, says Mrs. Petrelli, as she finds herself in a hospital bed surrounded by two
representations of the legal existence in this country.
They are detectives, in fact.
referred to as Parkman and the other next to him is his superior, Detective Fuller.
old friend and colleague, Mr. Nakamura, had been recently pushed off a roof, falling to his death.
His death seems to only be a reassurance that there is someone or someones trying to eliminate
all the people posing in a certain snapshot of some obscure meeting.
Mrs. Petrelli’s life is in
danger of this same nature of murder and she is very much aware of the fact.
Now, though, she
is confessing to Mr. Nakamura’s death and agreeing to the motives for murder, sex and money.
To the obviously existent and interested observer, Mrs. Petrelli’s fake confession seems to be a
cover for a much more interesting, underlying motive.
By examining the different layers of
communication and the significant issues presented in this scene, we can have a thorough grasp
of her true intentions and unveil her methods of communicating such intentions.
Our three characters, Mrs. Petrelli, Det. Fuller, and Parkman are in what Professor Dolly
Mullen calls an “interaction among three or more people…pursuing a common goal” (Lecture
10/2/07), also known as small-group communication.
The common goal, shared by all three
people is to outline Mrs. Petrelli’s intentions for murder and previous self-mutilation.
both Parkman and Mrs. Petrelli understand this confession on a more complex level, Det.
Fuller’s contribution to this situation is to believe the false confession Mrs. Petrelli is presenting.
She states her motives, sex and money, and says, “You know I was on the roof. You have my
I did it.
I pushed him off.”
So the three of them, two mindful of its fabrication,
build up a case proving Mrs. Petrelli’s guilt.
When Parkman asks why she harmed herself, she
responds “I was distraught, overwhelmed by what I did.
So I attacked myself.”
So the group