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upcoming weekend and plans for Easter. Michaela dominated the conversation with the type of celebration the family was going to have—all different types of meats and casseroles cooked in several different parts of the house, from the kitchen to the garage to the backyard, and elaborating on the amount people coming because of her mother’s 8 siblings. Everyone tried to assimilate their great celebrations with Thanksgiving and family members, such as Diana’s grandfather who makes a delicious pumpkin pie. We left the D.C. happy and full where the conversation carried to boys, working out and the weather. After reading Goffman and Geertz’s descriptions of roles and their effect on communication events, one of the most obvious role plays at dinner was Michaela fixing up Diana’s turkey gobbler. Michaela works at Franklin as a sandwich maker, and embraces the role by helping her friend make her sandwich. When the roll-up split apart from Diana’s attempt to make her sandwich, Michaela went go get a new one for Diana so she could enjoy it. This encompasses Michaela’s skill, knowledge and talent through her actions as an employee at the D.C. as well as the intensity of her motivation to make the sandwich, the quality of her work and the objects involved (the food that she was preparing for her friend). Another way to look at culture through communication is through Cheryl’s depiction of the burp—Cheryl is the ‘jokester’ of the group—so by burping and then confirming her burp with a description of other types of burps, where then the girls respond with laughter, it reflects Cheryl’s habits, desires and
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  • Fall '07
  • Cronen
  • American film actors, American television actors, Belching, Michaela

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