Another girl in the group was a girlie girl because she went to an all-girls high school. Although there was no pressure from the opposite sex she was constantly surrounded by messages telling her how girls should act and felt pressure to conform to that. She mentioned that at the all-boys school down the street if a boy didn’t conform to social norms he was disrespected or called named such as gay or a tool. This is supported in the readings because the boys were also quick to call other subgroups names. In our discussion, we agreed that society did not choose the roles of which groups these
In short stories characters make a story more interesting because of their different qualities. In the story, Kath and Mouse, by Janet McNaughton, Kath is one of the main characters who are composed of many different characteristics such as arrogance, selfishness and overconfident. Kath is an arrogant character. Kath’s arrogance leads to hurting many people like Helen. Her arrogance is shown when she makes fun of Helen’s backpack for being “made of heavy, faded cloth, like denim, only pink”(McNaughton 63),which tries to bring attention to others that Helen’s backpack is old and used which makes Helen feel embarrassed and awkward.
I really hate saying that, but everyone knows it is true and the more we pretend that girls are not mean, the more trouble we bring on ourselves. In the popular movie Mean Girls, Lindsay Lohan plays a confused teenager struggling her way through high school hierarchy. Her character, Cady, is a transfer student that finds herself in a place where everyone is categorized in some kind of group, whether it be jocks, art freaks, or something else. When Cady first moves from Africa to attend a public school she is a nice, innocent, respectful teenage girl. Her behavior quickly changes and these alterations can be explained through both the Freudian and Behaviorist perspectives.
Most women these days would do anything to look pretty and attract the opposite sex. This story gives us the importance of body image to women and they get judged about it. Amber the “finger throated sickness one”. She gets teased because of her anorexic appearance. This is a mental illness common to the young woman.
Cady’s behavior may have been partially explained by both the clique she belonged to and the power she felt among her peers at school. Mean Girls is a tongue in cheek look at the life of teenagers within a high school environment. It revolves around a girl named Cady who finds herself caught up in a wild world of backstabbing, manipulation and bullying. What started out as a sneaky plan to get back at “The Plastics” for being the mean girls, ironically, transformed Cady into a mean girl herself. The idea was simple.
This caused the children to see differences within each other, which would cause them to become exposed to the real world’s problem of racism. Miss Elliott began to openly tell both groups of children that blued eyes children are smarter than brown eyed children. This kind of verbal abuse would continue for days, poisoning the children’s minds. Miss Elliott made best friends become moral enemies within minutes. The brown eyed children began to feel frustrated and upset because of the names they were being called by the blue eyed children.
Thin – Grace Bowman * “One day I wake up and someone tells me that I’m anorexic” (xi) * “Theories on anorexia nervosa pile on top one another; they do not make sense. They contradict and argue over causes and issues and blame” (xiv) * “Five: Grace goes to school. She is the first, ahead of the little brother. Gold stars, happy faces, ticked, well done!” (4) * “Ten… Sometimes in the proper school plays the teachers make her the understudy of the second lead… It makes her hurt and cry” (6) * “Eleven… How can she be popular?... Everything would be OK if they accepted her” (8) * “Eighteen… she has got glandular fever… She is not hungry and her throat is too sore to swallow so she can only eat half a piece of toast a day…
The use of sarcasm amuses readers and also is appropriate because they are teenagers. Josie’s description of her teacher and the way she acts towards her is ironic because of the discussion about sex (for example page 3) and her teacher being a nun. There are also quite a few one-liners in the novel and it creates an effect of suspense and keeping readers interested in the novel. Emotive language is an important language technique used in this novel. There are many situations in this novel where Josie has either felt sad, angry, frustrated, excited or happy.
Others, including her mother and her Aunt, significantly shaped Sybylla’s identity. The impact of Sybylla’s mother’s words “you are lazy and bad” as well as “you’re really a very useless girl for your age” create a negative self-perception of her identity. The use of direct speech enables the reader to visualise and recreate the scene, therefore understanding the effects of other’s on the formation of Sybylla’s identity. Contrary to this, Sybylla’s Aunt Helen promotes positive growth in Sybylla by nurturing her. Her kind and gracious Aunt build’s Sybylla’s confidence and self esteem and is gentle and understanding, recognising her inner beauty, while reinforcing her physical beauty.
All of these things helped conform little girls into thinking that their role in life was to be something pretty for a man to look at. Modern times are not that much better. Little girls are still given Barbie dolls and feel pressure from an adolescent age to look a certain way. This epidemic is causing girls to succumb to eating disorders, face bias when it comes to their appearance by others, and have a general low self-esteem. Stereotyping people is just as dangerous as bullying