The Devil Wears Prada is a book that contains many ethical dilemmas. I will first summarize the plot, and then point out the ethical problems.
The main character, Andrea, is hired at Runway, a very well-known, well-established magazine company. She was hired to take Emily’s spot, and Emily was promoted to the position above her. The two jobs are very similar but the main difference is that Emily gets to go to Paris for a major fashion banquet with their boss, Miranda. Emily often speaks of the future trip to Paris, and tells Andrea how excited she is about it. Andrea is not the typical stereotype of someone who works at Runway; skinny and stylish. Andrea has no sense of style and no interest in fashion, and only took the job in hopes of it leading to a journalism opportunity. Andrea’s boss, Miranda, is demanding, rude, and heartless. She often calls Andrea after hours to demand something to be done. This job completely transforms Andrea from her down to earth self, to someone that her friends and boyfriend don’t even recognize. She becomes “one of them,” they say. She starts to only care about fashion and her relationships with her close ones start to suffer. After promising her boyfriend a party for his birthday, she doesn’t show up till he is already getting ready for bed.
Miranda treats Andrea and Emily, and most of the people she encounters, with total disrespect. She orders them around, and makes them feel guilty if they don’t do something to her strict approval. She doesn’t praise them for their good work, and almost always finds something negative to say. She tells Andrea that she is fat, and has no style. Miranda’s rudeness is very unethical.
Miranda demands that Andrea gets the unreleased Harry Potter book for her twin daughters because “they want to know what happens next.” She tells Andrea that if she doesn’t get it by that afternoon, to not even come back to work. Frantically, Andrea calls and calls every publisher in the contact list, and...
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