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The King's Speech
Transcript of The King's Speech
The maxim to keep in mind
Right from the beginning Lionel attempts to build a relationship with Bertie AKA King George. By using first names and starting daily therapy sessions.
This is the beginning of an interpersonal relationship
The Relationship Deepens
Bertie returns sooner then expected to Lionel's office after his father's death.
Going too Far
Bertie is upset because his brother is not doing his duties as King and he might have to take his place.
Lionel takes a bold step and tells Bertie "Your place may very well be on the throne"
and "What are you so afraid of!?"
The King becomes very angry and ends the sessions.
Repairing the Relationship
Bertie, now king, returns to Lionel's home.
The two sit down for tea and the king opens with, "I know what you were trying to say"
Lionel says, "I went about it the wrong way, I'm sorry." He appeared sincere with his facial mannerisms.
Lionel knew he had pushed the king too far.
With the help of Lionel the King goes on to deliver a speech to help unify his people in a time of war.
Because Lionel was able to truly listen to Bertie with undivided attention he helped him to overcome his psychological problems. This was the true service that allowed King George to be a great service to his kingdom.
This film was about a man with a speech impediment, Bertie, and how his relationship with Lionel logue, his speech therapist, helped him to go on to become a great king.
Listening is a
The Communication Model
The King starts therapy with Lionel
Lionel says "What shall I call you?"
King George says "Your royal highness and then sir after that."
Lionel says "How about Bertie?"
King George : "Only my family calls me that."
Lionel listened to the king
He listened with undivided attention, with his heart, his eyes, and his ears.
From the first meeting to the last speech Lionel listened to the king in order to understand what was causing his impediment. He wanted to build and maintain a relationship and to help the king overcome his problem
The king has the most noise at this first meeting
This makes it hard for him to hear Lionel
The king is saying fix the mechanics of my problem
Lionel is saying it is psychological and up to you.
The king's noise
Psychological: He is to become King, he has a speech impediment, he has to take advice from someone below him
Physical: The long pauses and stammers brought on by the speech impediment
Lionel's noise appears to be non-existant. If he has any at all he is able to put it aside and focus on the King.
Physical: Speech impediment
Cultural: Royalty, wealthy
Environment: Therapy office
Time: They begin meeting everyday
Physical: he is older then the King
Psycho-social: He views them as equals
Cultural: Speech therapist, actor
Environment: His own office
Time: Every day
Lionel was very wise to start daily therapy sessions, this closeness allowed the relationship to develop quicker.
Lionel listened to Bertie and saw that he was not ready to become personal too quickly.
Lionel began daily sessions that focused on the "mechanics" of the problem but did not ask him to disclose any personal information.
Bertie needed someone to talk to in his time of loss and turned to Lionel because he had begun to feel close with him.
Bertie discloses personal information during this meeting.
He tells Lionel how he feels about his father's death, and his brother becoming King
He talks about childhood conditions that had to be fixed, such as "knocked knees."
Lionel is listening intently and asks questions to get a better understanding of the King's childhood.
Bertie then talks about the nanny that abused him.
He then tells about his other brother's death during his childhood.
Lionel shows empathy and is supporting Bertie during this disclosing conversation.
During this meeting Lionel states "What are friends for?"
Bertie replies, "I wouldn't know."
Lionel listened to Bertie and asked him questions which showed that he cared, this is why the King was able to turn to Lionel.
To build and maintain a relationship
and To help
and he saw that Bertie needed a push and wanted to show him that he believed in him.
But Bertie was still afraid of being crowned King, because of his impediment he didn't want to let his people down.
Bertie did not appreciate him pushing him like that, and felt that he had gone too far. It was considered a relational transgression.
They begin working together again.
The king and Lionel become closer than ever through their interactions and high disclosing relationship.
Through listening Lionel had to sacrifice his time. The King did not want to become personal too quickly, so Lionel was patient and allowed the relationship to develop.
Lionel sacrifices disclosing to his wife and children. Because he is keeping the visits confidential he has been unable to share with the ones he loves the most.