Symbolic Interaction Theory In Catch Me If You Can

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Introduction: Frank Abagnale caught the nation’s attention when he managed to steal a total of 2.5 million dollars just by writing bad checks. The most interesting part of the story is that he did this all between the ages of sixteen to twenty-one. This was a crime so serious that he was sentenced to over ten years in prison, even though he was a minor at the time of the crimes (Abagnale "Abagnale & Associates.”). This outrageous crime spree gave birth to the movie Catch Me If You Can. I first watched this movie my sophomore year of high school, and just like all of my classmates, I too was fascinated by the story the movie told. I watched the movie again my junior and senior year of high school, and now I think I know the story quite well. Two theories present in the movie are the structural functional theory and the symbolic interaction theory, both of which I will be discussing in my paper.
The movie starts off as if it were a game show. Three men are present, and each claim to be Frank Abagnale. This scene is confusing at first, but draws you in, because you want to figure out what is going on. The scene continues while the three men are questioned by Kitty, the host of the show. The
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In the beginning of the movie, we see Frank locked up in a jail cell. The jail cell looks dirty and far too small to keep a prisoner in. He was also isolated from all other humans for a very long period of time. On top of all of this, he needed immediate medical attention and was not receiving it. Prison cruelty is an issue that has long been discussed. According to Reinert, confinement itself is often considered a punishment (1609). Prisoners face many troubles in prison, and the question of whether or not prison is humane is raised. We can see how Frank almost died because of the conditions he was kept in. If it wasn’t for Hanratty coming to see him, he would have died in his

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