Analyzing the characters in the movie 'Ghost'. What do the artifacts and clothes they own say about them.

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Throughout any media production there is a thin line between verbally communicating and any other form of conveying thoughts or feelings to one another. Body language and underlying meanings are everywhere you turn. Sometimes when you look at the things people own and what they wear, you can tell a whole lot about that person. In the 1990 movie Ghost, many things can be told about the characters, Sam and Oda Mae, just by looking at their belongings.

Oda Mae is a phony psychic that owns a lot of voodoo materials in her place of business. What this portrays about her is that she believes in the spiritual world. In order for her to properly run her business and fool her customers into getting their fortunes told, she must uphold her image of a spiritual person by having these objects all around her. The clothes that Oda Mae wears are loose and patterned clothing.

This shows that she is a very abstract person because the things she wears are not, in anyway, plain.

Sam on the other hand is a very casual person. He wears very neat and "well- put" together clothes, but at the same time he is comfortable. He is a "jeans and plain t- shirt" kind of guy. This says that he is a serious, yet laid back type of person. Sam has "normal" belongings in his home, in the sense that he is not artsy nor modern.

Some other forms of communicating nonverbally are body language, spiritually, and invisible connections between two people who love each other. Sam and Molly both portray all of these different structures. The love that they share for each other is evident at the start of the movie. Their body language is evident all throughout the film. During conversations...