SummaryThe title of the movie I chose to watch is “The Imitation Game.” This film is based on a true story revolving around mathematician’s, logician, and cryptanalyst during World War II. These characters were all pioneering computer scientist. There were three main time periods shown in the movie of Turing’s life. The first period was the start of WWII when Britain first declared war on Nazi Germany. In the beginning, Turning was hired by the British government to work with a team on a top secret project.
The team’s objective was to terminate the Nazis’ communications device, named Enigma which was an incredible machine containing codes that no one, but the Nazis understood. If successful, breaking the codes it would give the Allies a chance to win the war. The main problem was that Enigma changes its codes every single day at midnight so that even if the team were able to break a coded message from the Nazis, those codes would be useless by the end of the day. Alexander and the rest of the team worked day by day trying to break the codes. Alan instead would work on his idea of creating a smart machine, believing it would break Enigma’s code fast and with accuracy every single day. The whole environment of the team changes when Joan Clarke, the only women recruited into the team. Joan is not only smart but useful for the team, and also helps Alan how to act in social gatherings to get things done with his team and not individually. Joan’s secret project was almost threatened by her parent’s traditional views, believing that her role is to be someone’s wife.
The second event shown was in 1928 when Alan Turing was a pre-teen attending a boarding school. Even when he was young, Turing was seen as different from all his classmate and was bullied because of the lack of being able to communicate with people socially. His only “friend” was Christopher Morcom.
Christopher was the name of the machine Turning would later on, because Christopher was his friend and his first love. Lastly, in 1951, Alan’s home in Manchester was broken into. Because nothing was stolen, from Turing’s house he dismissed the police shortly.
Investigators believed that Turing is hiding something, from the way he told the police to leave right away. The police discover something that would have consequences for Turing’s life. Which was later shown that his secret was Turning was a homosexual. Even though he helped win the war, he was at risk of going to jail for indecency.Characters Description The first main character is named Alan Turning who the movie mainly centers around.
Turning is a mathematician as well as a professor at Cambridge University. He is 27 years old and has a personality of an arrogant, antisocial, literal-minded man. He also had a unique and driven asymmetrical personality – he was very high-functioning, and a high level of empathy, who was extraordinarily caring. He had difficulty in communicating with people and did not feel that he was part of people’s lives. Joan Clarke is another important character in the movie. Apart from being women and being a mathematician, she helped Alan with his social skills. She was a big part of assisting Alan to communicate better with his team members and end up working well together. As well as helping the team create the machine named Christopher.
The next character in the movie is Hugh Alexander a brilliant man, a game-player and a national chess champion who won two years in a row. He’s nearly as talented as Alan, but there are differences. Whereas Hugh is a confident male, who loves to be the leader. Hugh was happy to lead the team at the beginning of the movie and did an excellent job.
It is interesting that Hugh and Alan worked together with completely different personality.Communication Problems The first communication struggle has to be with Turning an antisocial character that has a hard time communicating with anyone he encounters especially with his team members. His first communication lapse is seen with his perception of others around him. Turning does not take the time to get to know people and never gets a joke, and instead, he becomes arrogant not to feel hurt about other people’s opinion towards him.
This appears to correlate with self-concept, and in Turning’s case, he is a genius who is arrogant and uses that to get what he wants from the British government to fund his project. “The most significant part of one person’s self-concept might consist of social roles, whereas for another it might be physical appearance, health, friendship, accomplishment, or skills,” (Adler and Proctor pg 70). What follows is that he loses respect from his remaining team members and call him inhumane. This kept on escalating till he met Joan Clarke and his life change for the better.
Clarke taught Alan to talk his team members and be appreciative of the things they do for them. In the end, Alan became excellent friends with his team members especially with Hugh who he hated in the beginning. The second communication struggle is stereotyping which lead to sexist language, Joan Clarke was the only female in the secret project. “Stereotypes is ascribing a set of characteristic to most or all members of a group,” (Adler and Proctor pg 214). The way she got to that position was not easy. At first, she won a contest and was sent to a secret room where everyone gets timed to see who gets qualified. When she gets there, everyone was shocked because she is a female, and one of the guards told Clarke to leave because she “truly could not have solved the puzzle on her own.
” This communication problem was fixed by the Halo Effect that Turning had when first meeting Clarke and protected her right away and was even more impressed when she was the first one to solve an impossible puzzle under 6 minute that not even he could do under eight. “Halo effect describes the tendency to form an overall positive impression of a person on the basis of one positive characteristic,” (Adler and Proctor pg 215). Social Identity and co-culture was a big struggle towards the end of Turning. “Every person’s social identity the part of self-concept that is based on members in groups,” (Adler and Proctor pg 38). He was a homosexual and could not tell anyone or else he would be prosecuted for indecency. “The term co-culture is described the perception of members in group that is part of an encompassing culture,” (Herakova 2012; Orbe & Spellers, 2005 pg 39).
He hides his sexual orientation from almost everyone until a detective digs up the past and sends him to jail. The way his social identity was resolved when he was trialed and felt like himself yet he was still shunned by everyone else. Lessons LearnedThe communication issue that I gained a better understanding is a self-concept. Even thought self-concept is the perception of one’s self with physical features and non-physical features. The problem with Alan Turning is that he acknowledged his self-concept of being a math genius causing his self-esteem to be quiet high making him arrogant. I can relate this to myself because my perception of myself comes from non-physical features like me believing I am knowledgeable and I am right only because I worked as a tutor and did an internship through NASA. My self-esteem can be elevated quite a lot, and I will become a know-it-all.
This movie did make me aware of my weakness because I can relate to Alan Turning a lot, I do not have many friends, and I have a hard time socializing with people. What I have done to help me is keep in contact with one of my friends who is Alan Turning, Joan Clarke, my friend helps me socialize with other people. Without her, I would possibly be even worse at communicating with other people.