Destroying Avalon Character Analysis

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Secondly, the issue of having to conform due to pressure is explored in both the movie and the novel. For starters, there is a difference in in the way this issue is exhibited to the audience and the difference is situated in how the pressure originates. In Destroying Avalon, one of Marshall’s diary entries talks about how Todd pulls his pants down in front of the ‘tough’ or ‘popular’ guys during Phys Ed. He mentions: “I think he’s trying to impress the popular guys. He’s like that showing off and sucking up when the tough guys are around.” This quote reveals to the reader that Todd has participated in harassing Marshall just so that he can be liked by the group of boys who were popular and so that he too could become popular. In other words, he conformed into bullying Marshall so that he could have a higher social status and avoid getting picked on himself, as the bullies wouldn’t decide victimise one of their own. Similarly when Alice is revealing to Avalon…show more content…
For example, Cady’s friends were the ones that coerced her to adapt into the lifestyle of a plastic, in order to have an insider in the Plastics so that they could know the horrendous things popular people said about them and in order to seek revenge on Regina for her treacherous deeds by overthrowing her. Correspondingly, another example is when Gretchen talks about how Regina had restricted the accessories she could wear. She mentions: “Two years ago she told me that hoop earrings were her thing ad that I wasn’t allowed to wear them anymore.” Clearly Regina had forced Gretchen to conform to her rules in order so that she could continue to look unique. Consequently, it becomes evident that much of the pressure being put on others in Mean Girls originates from peers. Not only are there differences, but there are also similarities in the way that the issue of having the pressure to conform comes across to the

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