Mean Girls is a film about a homeschooled girl, Cady Heron, who has moved to Evanston from Africa and has been enrolled at a public school, called North Shore High School. She gets to experience what a public school is like and how there are different cliques that exist in society. Unexpectedly, Cady is invited to join the clique, called “The Plastics,” which consists of Regina, Gretchen, and Karen. Later on, Cady understands how they received this name based on the girls’ behaviors and status in society. The movie centers on the social divisions between the high school students, and the labels that are given to students.
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.
Youth culture can pertain to interests in styles, music, clothes and sports. It also pertains to behaviours, beliefs, and vocabulary; this refers to the ways that teenagers conduct their lives. The concept behind youth culture is that adolescents are a subculture with norms, morals, behaviours and values that differ from the main culture of older generations within society. For instance, young men and women, teenagers in this case, are mostly represented as unpredictable and not easy to understand. In the film, Mean Girls directed by Mark Waters (2004), adolescents are represented as bullies, who use manipulation to achieve what they want and are two-faced with the people around them; they are constantly stereotyped as a high social group like the plastics and a low social group like the mathletes; also they are presented as young people that fall under peer pressure, and are overly concerned about their appearance and about being socially accepted.
Throughout high school, I noticed a strange behavior among teenaged students; they tend to form groups. During lunchtime, these groups or cliques are more prevalent; you can see the freshman guys sitting with each other, the football players, the cheerleaders, the senior “nerds”, the international students and the outcasts (aka that was me), the people who sat alone or the people that you would not find at the cafeteria tables. These cliques are not only common at my high school where I used to attend but also widespread around other schools across the country. Whatever clique you are a part of, that clique defines your reputation throughout high school. In the movie, Mean Girls, cliques play an important role throughout the movie.
The most hated plot in America is the underdog’s demise- the empathetic pain of scrutiny, and the failure we all miss to escape. The scrawny, glasses-wearing outsider is often the underdog, the hero we all cheer for. The one who makes all the refinements in a society that is stagnant to change. And his most successful storytelling, or retelling, is that in the setting of high school. He walks awkwardly down the hall with his shoulders slightly hunched inward and mouth slightly ajar.
“No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks” (Mary Shelley).The movie Mean Girls by Tina Fey tells the story of an exchange student, Cady Heron, trying to ruin Regina George’s life by sabotaging the plastic’s group. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding a group of preteen boys are stranded on an island after their plane crashed and are forced to survive on their own. Both Lord of the Flies and Mean Girls are about the evil found within people, and they both contain similarities in symbolism and characterization;however, these stories contain several differences with the plot and setting. Some similarities in Lord of the Flies and Mean Girls are found when comparing the symbolism and characterization.
In Michael Lehmann’s facetious Heathers, various characters display their perspectives on the complications and difficulties of navigating the dynamics of adolescence. The teenage years are known throughout American culture to be some of the most trying times in one’s life. The pressures of fitting in, being popular, and feeling loved can become so important to teens, often close to obsessions. JD is someone who sees the falsehood behind these needs and looks down on those who epitomize them. While shown in an exaggerated form, JD’s animosity towards those in the popular clique reveals itself to the extreme.
Paragraph #1 (Beowulf): When reading the epic Beowulf, I make a text to text connection because I notice the deep ties and similarities to the movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The film was based off of J.R.R Tolkien 's novel, The Hobbit. Tolkien used Beowulf as his initial inspiration for his story, so distinct connections are easily found. For example, Beorn, a character who shapeshifts into a bear-like form, is closely related to Beowulf himself. Both of their names translate to “bear” and they have similar superhuman strength.
“Mean”, by Taylor Swift, became my signature song in fourth grade. It represented a turning point when I left negativity behind and renewed my commitment to kindness, inclusion, and becoming my own best self. My best friend had turned on me. I spent months grieving and heartbroken and second-guessing our every interaction. I had become afraid to enjoy myself and accomplish things in case it upset her.
The memory of walking through the green gates into school with my heart pounding loud is still fresh in my head. I struggled to take a step forward without being anxious or wondering if I would be quizzed about my peculiarity again. Every day was a battle where I fought to be accepted and awaited an opportunity to take center stage .I felt the slow sinking of my self-esteem when I was the last one to be chosen during gym class. I tried to tell myself that I am gifted and there is no reason to shed tears, but I failed each time. Who would take a girl with multicolored splints on her feet seriously?