American Rhetoric: Movie Speech

"The Princess Diaries" (2001)


Mia's Decision on Whether to Become a Princess

Audio mp3 delivered by Anne Hathaway



Queen Renaldi: Mia, would you care to say a few words?

Mia: Um, yes.


Dignitary #1: Why didn't we dress like her? We look like idiots.

Dignitary #2: Do you think they are trying to save money on the gown?


Mia: Hi -- I, uh, hello.


It stopped raining...Oh.





Dignitaries #3: Get your tiara ready.



Mia: I'm really no good at speech-making. Normally, I get so nervous that I faint or run away; or sometimes I even get sick.


Mia: But you really didn't need to know that. Um, but, I'm not say afraid My father helped me. Earlier this evening, I had every intention of giving up my claim to the throne.


Mia: And my mother helped me by telling me that it was ok, and by supporting me like she has my entire life.


Mia: But, then I wondered how I'd feel after abdicating my role as Princess of Genovia. Would I feel relieved? Or would I feel sad? And then I realized how many stupid times a day I used the word "I". In fact, probably all I ever do is think about myself. And how lame is that when there's, like, 7 billion other people out there on the planet and when --

Queen Renaldi: [casts a disapproving glance and clears her throat]



Mia: Oooohhh. Sorry, sorry. I'm going too fast.


Mia: But then I thought, if I cared about the other 7 billion out there instead of just me, that's probably a much better use of my time. See, if I were Princess of Genovia then my thoughts and the thoughts of people smarter than me would be much better heard, and just maybe those thoughts could be turned into actions.


Mia: So this morning when I woke up I was Mia Thermopolis.

But, now, I choose to be forevermore,

Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi:

Princess of Genovia.

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