In the short story The Party by Pam Munoz Ryan, there was a conflict and a theme that occurred. A girl wants to be invited to Bridget’s party, but she doesn’t get an invite while everyone she knows does. She goes throughout the day doubting herself on why she didn’t get invited. The gist of the story is this.
The purpose of such a questionnaire was to hunt out out the student’s state of mind, how he felt, what he liked and unlikeable , and what his values were. With this knowledge it would be easier for the govt. college to alter his values and behavior at will—without, of course, the student’s knowledge or his parents’
Cady Heron’s life changed dramatically when she moved to a suburban area in Illinois, after living in Africa and being homeschooled her whole life. She started at North Shore High and quickly got sucked into the stereotypical girl drama. Prior to the drama, Cady met two of her best friends Damian and Janis, who were apart of the out-caste clique. The two compiled a map of North Shore High and how Cady will survive it. A big part of the map was the cafeteria and where all the different cliques sat. Cady was warned about a certain clique called “the Plastics”, she was told they are the worst people she would ever meet. The Plastics are the popular clique at Cady’s new
The movie Mean Girls is a perfect example of many social-psychological principles. Three of the major principles that are seen in the film include: conformity, in-groups and out-groups and prejudice. Cady Herron, a naïve sixteen-year-old who has been homeschooled her entire life, is forced to start as a junior at North Shore High School because of her family’s job relocation. Throughout the movie, you see Cady struggling to maintain acceptance in the school’s in-group known as The Plastics.
Alexandra Miles is not you average high school senior at Spencer High School. Alexandra is an expert at manipulating her peers in order to take what she wants, and this year it’s to be crowned Homecoming Queen. Throughout her life she competed in beauty pageants, and has never lost one. Though this year she is struggling to keep her head above water because of her father’s death and her mother’s lack of attention. This doesn’t make Alexandra soft, if anything, it makes her stronger.
Hannah Bailey is a senior attending Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, Indiana. While in school she lives with her grandparents while her dad works off shore. Hannah has lived in Warsaw, Indiana since birth and she firmly beliefs that the town is conservative. Music, art, and writing is her passion. She highly believes in liberal art, and hope to become a filmmaker. She is a hard worker in which she dedicates her time preparing for college and her future; However, in between school and her personal life she finds time to take upon a relationship with her boyfriend, Joel, of two years. Hannah’s boyfriend is her world; she expresses that without him life is useless. With all her dependence on him in school, engaging with her peers is un-compliable. Instead of hanging out with the other teens in her school she prefers to hang with her friends in the liberal department. Many of the students express that Hannah does not suite their expectations as a friend. For example: During the film the school hosted prom the senior prom, while at the prom Hannah stayed distant from the other students.
Conformity is present in every group situation with adolescents. Adolescents are always looking to be a part of a group, usually conforming to the standards of the group. Adolescents often conform because they want to have the approval of the peers that are well liked or “popular”. A great example of adolescents and conformity is in the chick flick ‘Mean Girls’ through the different cliques in high school and how it affects the peers themselves. Caty, the main character, is faced with several difficult situations where she decides to conform with her high school peers getting her in trouble that becomes hard for her to escape. Caty begins the movie with a real genuine friendship with Janis and Damien, two individuals who struggled with popularity because they were considered the “outside” group. However, the popular girls, infamously called the “Plastics” try to recruit Caty into their popular group, but only because she is considered one of the prettier girls in the school. The ring leader, Regina George, of the Plastics is the most popular girl in school who is really hated by alot of peers because of her horrible attitude and how she
The film Mean Girls is an American comedy movie for teens that illustrates the mainstream high school experience in the west. The main character, Cady Heron is a sixteen-year-old girl who is a new student at bob school in Illinois. Cady moved from being home-schooled in Africa, and therefore is unaware of the environment and lifestyle at a public high school. Cady then meets Daemon and Janis, who are part of an outcast group. Janis and Damien expose Cady to the norms of their school, talking her through cliques, and most importantly introducing her to “the plastics”, a group that Janis and Damian hated. “The plastics” were the leading group of the school, consisting of three popular, attractive girls, Regina, the leader of the group and two other girls, Karen, and Gretchen. “The Plastics” then scouted Cady since she had been attractive, and got the attention of popular boys, in which Janis and Damien originally supported in order to manipulate and plan to destroy “the plastics” through Cady. Cady’s exploration with social psychology is shown through her being unaware of everything at her new high school; social psychology concepts that are shown throughout this storyline are implicit personality theory, norms and group schemas, gender roles.
Have you ever tried to fit in for someone else? That is exactly why Susan Caraway did. The novel Stargirl is about a cheerful, free spirited girl. Her name is Susan, but she is referred to as Stargirl throughout the novel. Stargirl is sixteen years old, and has been homeschooled all her life. Her social skills weren't exactly up to date. Suddenly, she got enrolled in Mica Area High. During her time at Mica Area High she wasn’t accepted by the other students. Her boyfriend Leo Borlock even convinces her to change to try to fit in. In my opinion, she shouldn't have changed herself, I think she would be happy staying true to herself.
Just like how the idiomatic expression “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” is perceived, ‘moral values’, to a different person, has a distinct meaning. Moral values, more often than not, are defined according to the cultural beliefs. Each culture has its own sets of rules and beliefs to determine what is crucial, trivial, right, wrong, good and bad. For instance, it is vital for Chinese children to practice filial piety as it is an essential value of Chinese traditional culture (POŠKAITĖ, 2014); hence, living with parents, regardless of the marital status, is the right thing to do for it is good. On the contrary, Western children are not entitled to such obligation. They have but the “duties of gratitude” which guarantee parents no right
Hallways are filled with smiling faces, but some are hiding their true self, and she knows that “crowded hallways are the loneliest places,” at least for her (Hayes). She sidesteps these types of people in high school; the ones looking pleased to see her, but immediately after she’s departed, they retain nothing but vulgar and insulting comments. It can be tough to exclude these people apart from others, especially when they’re exceptional actors. Those acting like this usually think they are better than everyone else, usually don’t have a reason, and usually don’t even know them.
“Ex boyfriends are just like off limits to friends. I mean that’s just like the rule of feminism” (15:15). This famous saying said by Gretchen Wieners from Mean girls is widely known and most of the time ridiculed by people. Mean Girls is a movie that portrays the stereotypical American high school life. The movie has a main focus on the girls of high school, rather then on the boys. It centers on females and how they act at that certain age. The four mean girls, Regina George, Gretchen Wieners, Karen Smith and Cady Heron represent the stereotypes of the popular girls of high school. The role of gender plays an important role in the movie. The movie discusses the aspects of how a “typical” teenage girl should be, in order for her to fit in.
In the beginning of the movie of Mean Girls, Regina is known as the leader of the school and all the girls want to be her. Every person in the school knows who she is, and everybody is always talking about her. When Cady moves to their school, everyone is shocked that Regina allowed Cady in her clique called “The plastics”. In the movie, Cady is standing on the field during gym class when she sees Regina being carried onto the field by a bunch of people. This was before they became friends, so Cady
“What is it like to be part of a clique?” asks a commoner to herself. “Do you want to sit with us?” She heard a girl said to the other. It is then followed by, “Do you have what it takes to become one of us, a Plastic?” A Plastic is a coined word from the 2004 movie “Mean Girls” wherein it is a clique composed of beautiful, wealthy, popular, and shallow girls who only care about themselves i.e., their social standing and appearance. Exclusivity and mutualism are for their personal benefit. They have a supreme leader that dictates all their actions and behavior in an environment wherein in turn, they, as a whole, set the trends of what is cool, stylish, and right in that environment. Loyalty to the clique has its perks - popularity, boys, and power. Frequently, they are the breeding grounds when a girl wants to be popular. But often, they breed mean and fake