The research focused on the use of politeness strategies employed by
characters in film The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. It was conducted to find out the
types of politeness strategies used by the characters in the film The Secret Life Of
Walter Mitty, to reveal the factors influencing the use of politeness strategies in
the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and to identify the way the characters
respond to the commands in the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
The research was a case study of pragmatics study which employed
descriptive qualitative method. I used total sampling technique in collecting the
data. I took all dialogues containing indirect commands employed by the
characters in the film The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.
The results showed that in delivering indirect commands in the film The
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the characters employed three politeness strategies,
they are: negative politeness, positive politeness, and off record. The use of
politeness strategies in the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was classified into
eight negative politeness strategies, seven positive politeness strategies, and two
off record strategies. There are two factors that influence the characters to employ
commands with negative politeness strategies. They are the social status and
domain of the situation. The social factor is a factor affected by social status of the
In the analysis above, I found that 15 data are successfully responded by
other characters while 2 data are not responded. In general, most of commands
which were uttered by the characters using the politeness strategies were
successfully applied in the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Keywords: Politeness Strategy, Command, Indirect Command