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The Devil Wears Prada

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Travis VanLinden

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Transcript of The Devil Wears Prada

The
Devil
Wears
Thank You!
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Persuasive Technique Evaluation
By: Travis VanLinden
I chose to evaluate a speech from the movie "Devil Wears Prada"
This movie is about Andy, an unfashionable writer played by Anne Hathaway, and her adventure with being the assistant to Runway magazine's owner, Miranda Priestly, played by Maryl Streep.
Prerequisite:
Miranda, who is a major fashion icon, begins ranting to Andy about how she really does have something to do with fashion even if Andy thinks she doesn't
This speech is how Miranda handles the situation and convinces Andy that she should care more about Miranda's work.
Techniques Used:
Ethos
Testimony
Logos
Sentence Variety
Overstatement
Repetition
Fallacies Used
Over-Generalization
Self contradiction
Ethos
Testimony
Logos
Sentence Variety
Overstatement
Repetition
Self-contradiction
Over-generalization
Miranda uses ethos during her speech to Andy because of who she is in the fashion industry. Since she is a major fashion icon and the owner of runway magazine, this shows that she knows what she is talking about. She is allowed to pick apart Andy's outfit because that is her job.
Testimony is used during this speech while Miranda glances over to her assistant, Nigel, to confirm that Yves Saint Laurent did a cerulean collection.
The facts stated in the persuasion are the color of the sweater, the date of when cerulean became something big in the fashion industry, and who made cerulean collections.
Miranda's sentence variety comes in when she says " But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise. It's not lapis. It's actually cerulean."
Overstatement is used because Miranda is making a huge deal out of Andy saying "You know, I'm still learning about all this stuff and, uh..."
Miranda repeats the idea that Andy is too serious to care about fashion even though she isn't exempt from it.
The entire argument is about how cerulean is a terrible and unfashionable color, yet at the end Miranda says "...you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff." as if her company made the clothes.
Andy is being stereotyped as a serious girl who doesn't care about fashion. This generalization implies that all intelligent girls don't have any sense of style.
Who Am I/Why Listen to Me?
I am a die-hard enthusiast of the movie
Devil Wears Prada
and therefore have seen this movie well over 10 different times. I also have just learned about persuasion in my English 2 Honors class.
What is Miranda Trying to do?
After hearing this speech, it is obvious that Miranda was trying to convince Andy that she is still conforming even though she is trying desperately not to. Andy is still a part of fashion without even trying, even if it is the cheapest part of the chain.
Any Questions?
Final Analysis
Even though Miranda did use some fallacies, this argument was definitely in her favor. Andy was speechless and Miranda used her position of authority to her advantage to convince Andy that she was just a less-fashionable version of everyone in the room. Miranda persuaded Andy easily.
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