This paper analyzes the novel, "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner, in the perspective of intrapersonal communication. It begins with a discussion of intrapersonal communication as a theory and then relates its elements to the novel.
Cunningham (1997) made a comprehensive review of Intrapersonal communication (IaC) as a theory and according to her, this theory seems to be unreasonable, being way out of the normal forms of communication models.
As such, it is equivalent to self talk (Cunningham 1997). Interpreted as talking to oneself, Hood (2002) said this form of communication is useful for coping, in the same way that Cunningham (1997) looks at it as persuading oneself of something, or as attempts at interpreting the experience of self to oneself. Since the message is just a cipher or "nothing" according to Cunningham (1997), in terms of communication elements, the source is at the same time the receiver, or the stimuli is at the same time the receptor, hence there is no normal transfer. Cunningham (1997) then describes IaC as circular since the sender, receiver, and transmitter of the message, is one and the same. This is the reason Cunningham (1997) looks at intrapersonal communication theory with reservation.
Nevertheless, there are some positive functions noted for intrapersonal communication. For example, it can be used for problem solving as well as decision-making, as self-talk is therapeutic in stressful situations (Hood 2002). IaC, however, tends to portray how the source-receiver thinks about situations and this is expressed as the individual goes though his self-talk. (Hood 2002).
Looking at Intrapersonal communication as self-talk, C ...