“The Disney Princess Effect” Analysis

Are little girls today growing up too fast? Stephanie Hanes tackles this question in her article, “Little Girls or Little Women? The Disney Princess Effect,” where she uncovers some real truths about how women are portrayed in the media and its effects on little girls. Different arguments are presented in this paper and they all carry weight with them that makes them strong arguments. Facts are presented throughout with research being cited, various interviews are mentioned to strengthen the arguments, along with mention of blogs that cater to this topic. Hanes collectively uses all appeal methods to strongly argue that little girls are becoming little women too fast, and uses a style that evokes the reader to self-examine.

The overall tone of this paper is an appeal to logos. By presenting a claim that little girls are becoming little women too fast, the reader may automatically begin to think about this topic logically. Thinking about what “The Disney Princess Effect” really is will cause the wheels of the mind to start turning. Due to the number of facts that are listed in the article by way of statistics and research articles, the reader can be assured that this article is based on a great percentage of fact and not all on emotion. By mentioning these facts, the logos appeal is strengthened throughout the entirety of the paper.

As Hanes goes through her writing, a mother and daughter are mentioned quite often as it pertains to the topic and the experiences of that mother and daughter. By mentioning the pair, the ethos appeal aids the argument. The mother and daughter storyline builds the trust of the reader because this is an actual account and not just how the author may generally feel. The reader builds a connection with the pair, thus wanting them to read more to see how it evolves. The argument is not diminished because there is an element of trust that must take place. While the entire paper is full of facts that don’t have to be trusted, just verified, having a trust factor brings this paper to life. It is no longer a research paper, but an informative article about today’s culture.

The imagery that is presented while reading how a mother began to see “The Disney Princess Effect” take place in her daughter brings in Hanes’ appeal to pathos. The word selections are vivid and make the reader feel like it is their child. The reader may also conjure up memories while reading the beginning of this article because of the bright descriptions used. This helps the reader be emotionally attached to the subject. The headlines chosen and subject matter also bring a pathos appeal because the reader is exposed to words like “sexy,” and “oversexualized.” These words should not be used when talking about or referencing children, thus making the emotion tense or uncomfortable. The reader is forced to feel these emotions when reading this article which means the author has done their job essentially. The overall tone and feel of the article is not to make the reader feel uncomfortable but realize the reality of the world and culture that is at hand.

Through all the facts, trusting, and emotions, the argument of little girls growing up too fast brings about self-examination. The storylines, headlines, and subject matter is written within a style that can bring all the appeals together, all the claims and evidence together, and makes the reader look at their self to see what role they play in this phenomenon. The reader is engaged in the article because of the title, word choice, subject placement, and how well the paper flows. These factors all play into how the reader feels at the end of the reading, and what the reader does afterwards. The article is strong from beginning to end.

Hanes wrote an amazing article that appealed to all the argumentative senses. All arguments and claims were clear and concise with evidence to back it up. Through all methods being used properly, the question of “are little girls becoming little women too soon?” was answered in this article.


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