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.
Nowadays, we can see lots of teenagers who try to fit in on the society by living like the society; sometimes this led to destruction. As the novel continues, Josie also feels being pressured at her school. Firstly, because most of the students at her school came from wealthy families and her acceptance to the wealthy catholic girl’ school was trough scholarship and not by paying the fees. Secondly, because her parents weren’t married when she was born and she had never met her father until the age of seventeen; in other words she doesn’t feel as normal like the other girls at her school feels. In my experience, issues like this happen in many schools, when you feel you’re an outcast on your school because you came from a low standard of living and your studying in a wealthy school.
They were most interested in sports, had male social groups and had a low tolerance for most girls. We discussed that family status and environment does play a significant role in the girls’ decisions and actions regarding which social group they entered into. We saw that the girls with single parents or from a low socioeconomic status tend to act out or try to gain negative attention from their peers and authority. In our group we discussed how one of the group members was a tomboy because she valued the respect of the boys for their drive and determination. Another girl in the group was a girlie girl because she went to an all-girls high school.
While she is there, people are very surprised that she can speak English. She learns that she isn’t accepted in many things in school and after school, but she happily makes a new friend named Radine. However, everything seems to change between them when they reach high school. Jeanne see’s that Radine can do so many more things than her and Jeanne wishes to be accepted as not only a foreigner, but also a normal person like everyone else. Later papa decides to move to a new place and a new school.
Feeling that she needed to socialise, Cady’s parents enrolled her to North Shore High school. On her first day of North Shore High school, Cady was often left out and she was unfamiliarised with the school’s surroundings and people. On the second day, Cady had become friends with two social outcasts, Janis Ian and Damian. Janis and Damian had misled Cady into thinking that they were taking to G14 for her Health Education class but instead, they brought her to the back of the school where they skipped class. This is where Janis had stated that they were friends and Cady stayed with them.
She feels absolutely no sense of belonging, and struggles to find friends. Throughout the movie however, she makes friends with the ‘popular girls.’ Once Cady’s social status begins rising, so does her confidence. Soon, Cady feels a sense of belonging, and feels like she owns the school. This unusual situation relates back to how our belonging strengthens our identity. As soon as Cady started belonging, she felt better about herself, and her whole attitude changed.
All throughout the movie Ghost World directed by Terry Zwigoff, the reoccurring theme was nonconformity and the transition from adolescence to adulthood. The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be difficult, which caused Enid to not want to conform to societies expectations, but to be an individual who doesn’t care what other people think. On the other hand, her best friend Rebecca didn’t have a very hard time transitioning from childhood to being an adult. During the transition out of highschool to living on your own it can seem very overwhelming for young people and sometimes they take a little longer to find their path to success then other people. In the movie when Enid and Rebecca had an important meeting to go to, to see about
The deep generosity of her family shows the good morals that she grew up with, as her mother taught her and her sister that "Indifference is the worst fault of all" . There were other times where she felt uncomfortable with herself, because of the exclusion her kind faced. High school was the place where she was excluded from taking part in certain activities, because the Japanese American was "secluded out by [their] white peers...from total exclusion from their social functions" . To further save themselves from humiliation and embarrassment they used to call ahead and ask the place whether Japanese were allowed in certain places. The Japanese descents also faced unemployment issues, even with their credibility, but they were hired out by other Japaneses.
Some scenes that worked well in the novel, such as those that were primarily dialogue, may not have transferred well to film, which is mainly visual. Also, time constraints dictate that scenes that are not really vital to the character plot development, sometimes simply are not included in the film. In scenes from Jane’s childhood, when at Lowood, she finds solidarity in her friendship with another girl at the school, Helen Burns. The two become good friends, as well as a support system to each other when facing other tough characters such as the school headmaster, Mr. Brocklehurst. One of the most powerful scenes that
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.