He used a faulty analogy when trying to explain the importance on the high school prom by comparing it to a famous gunfight in Arizona. He then describes a new movement in movie-making that highlights the outcasts.
Do these stereotypes truly reflect actual high school life? However, it strongly supports his main idea of the menacing subgenre that can sometimes be in teen movies. He then compares being a teen in movies to real teenagers and notes differences.
Denby trying to support his belief of the prom being the biggest part of a teen movie was a strong point. He then concludes his piece with an example from an actual teen movie that became popular for all the reasons he said before.
However, I believe he made an unnecessary comparison when he decided to make his allusion to the O.
Although Denby is correct in that many movie plot lines are simply duplicated, that is not the case for every single teen movie that has ever existed. It is easy for anyone to stereotype all teen movies, just like he did, and say they are all the same.
His piece proves that he is a movie critic when he included the occasional rant, in expressing his views. Afterwards, we began learning about logical fallacy and how to identify them in stories.
He is trying to make the reader see the injustice that teen movies are doing to kids in high school. Although he did make his point he probably could have made it stronger by making a more logical comparison instead of making an inaccurate one. Using this made it easy to put it down at first, but when you think back to what he stated before about Columbine you see his statement could be right.
These two quotes are examples of two different logical fallacies we learned and talked about in class. And although many of them are very similar, some stand out from those stereotypes. David Denby argues that most teen movies are all extremely similar and very predictable.
He makes it seem like no one is going to stand in the way. Some directors today are very clever and creative, and have come up some exciting new plot lines that seem to entice new teen viewers. Denby asks the overlying question of teen movies: They are used in stories to help support an argument or persuade a reader.
Even with these being the expectations Denby fails to recognize them and support his piece with the analogy being accurate.
This leads his readers to look upon them with the same humor and pity. Usually there could be a flashpoint, or a gray area, in logical fallacies but this one makes it more difficult for you to find it. The only things that are possible in connecting them are the intense pressures that came with both events and the turn out being unknown.
He becomes a little more serious and begins to really dissect what an average movie usually looks like. He also expresses humor while describing the characters of the movie. Modern Teen Movies -Tone: This is where I disagree.
His word choice is not so difficult that he sounds removed, but not so familiar that he sounds uneducated. He also uses logos, connecting the teen movie with the people writing them and with modern society Argument:David Denby explains the typical high school movies in detail in his article called "High-School Confidential: Notes in Teen Movies".
According to Denby, there are three character archetypes in high school movies ; the popular girl, the jock, and the outsider. High School Confidential: Notes on Teen Movies. LOC Denby claims that there is a set of stock characters and cliches in all teen movies and there is an actual reason for why these dramatic teen movies have the same cliches and it is that the real enemies are the social systems rather than the other teenagers themselves.
Mar 02, · Denby uses a casual tone to entice teens and those who had similar experiences in high school. The reason David Denby starts off with the stereotypes of teen movies is to grab the audience’s attention, and to make them continue reading to find all their answers.
Feb 11, · The most recent piece we read in class was High School Confidential: Notes on Teen Movies by David Denby. Afterwards, we began learning about logical fallacy and how to identify them in stories. They are used in stories to help support an argument or persuade a reader.
When I went back over Denby’s piece I. High-School Confidential. By David Denby. The New Yorker, May 31, P. High School; Movies; Teen-Agers; Never miss a big New Yorker story again.
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