A rhetorical analysis of The Disneyfied Outlaw

The essay “The Disneyfied Outlaw: How he Walt Disney Company Constructs its Own Outlaw Hero Model”, written by Vicotira Muir, analyzes the tactics that the Walt Disney Company uses to “Disneyfy”the traditional outlaw hero model to conform to the company’s family friendly genre. The author uses the four main components of an effective argument including reason, relevance, emotion, and authority to construct her essay.

For the readers, Muir’s essay comes off as very reasonable due to the way she constructed her arguments. She uses broad and factual statements, most of which being backed up by a source. Muir is so confident in her arguments that the reader has to believe her. Muir starts the essay off with the introduction of  a literary scholar and defines the term “Disneyfying”. With the introduction of new words and concepts the reader automatically feels Muir’s sense of authority because it is evident that she has done her research.

As far as emotion, Muir brings of the topic of children and how they could potentially be negatively affected by the Disney outlaw hero model. She discusses how the typical outlaw hero man in Disney movies could lead to younger female viewers forming detrimental ideas for what a man should be; dangerous and adventurous. Bringing up the topic of children, whether the argument was valid or not, sways the reader to that line of thinking because of the natural sentiment attached to the topic of children. As well as emotion, Muir is able to utilize relevance in this same part of the essay, because it discusses a feminist issue. Feminism has always been a hot topic in modern society so it was a good move to include this in the essay.

All in all, this essay does an effective job of utilizing the four main components of an essay. The conclusion, however is clearly inconsistent with the rest of the analysis. The conclusion is very heavy on a topic that Muir only hardly discussed throughout the rest of the paper, which ultimate confuses the reader as to what the author wants them to take away from the essay. Besides this, however, Muir produces a successful essay.