The symbols in The Devil Wears Prada begin with the title, where the devil is not only a symbol of cruelty, but also of temptation. Prada is highly symbolic since it began as a deliberately unattractive line of extremely expensive clothes meant for intellectuals who looked down on "prettiness." Therefore, Prada symbolically represents elitism, condescension, and wasteful wealth, as well as mockery of the consumer foolish enough to buy the clothes, a kind of "Emperor's New Clothes" effect that is replicated by Miranda's dictates to the masses who pore over her magazine Runway.
Miranda's new assistant, Andy, is a journalism major from a prestigious university program, and though she is meant to represent Everywoman, such a symbol of course is itself elitist. Perhaps Andy's experience at Runway is meant to show that such a toxic environment can corrupt even a privileged, intelligent, and serious professional.
The Book, which is the mockup of the magazine currently in production, is treated with...
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