Mean Mean Girls

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Can girls be mean? Has everyone experienced betrayal by the hands of a female? Do we even need to answer these rhetorical questions? Girls are mean. 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. Some of the cliques were seen as more powerful than others, but each had some kind of reputation. The movie can be analyzed in the Marxist perspective, wherein the text shows who is empowered and who is disempowered. What exactly do the empowered have control over? It seems that certain groups, such as the jocks and the pretty-girl-clique called “The Plastics” have an influence on the other less-empowered students at the high school. Their actions and styles were copied and commended by others. Further, The Plastics were even called, “teen royalty.” Cady’s status as a transfer student gave her the opportunity to be molded as one of The Plastics, showing her progression from a disempowered student to high school’s queen bee. In looking at the power that. The Plastics possess, it can also be noted that while people tried to imitate them, people also hated them for their selfish actions. This resistance was not completely obvious as the students’ felt that the fear of being on The

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