The film Mean Girls, produced by Lorne Michaels and directed by Mark Waters in 2004 focuses on a teenage girl, Cady Heron, who experiences the drastic change of living and being home schooled in Africa to moving to America and attending a regular high school. While attempting to sabotage the plastics, the girls who hold the most popularity in the school, Cady unknowingly turns into one of them, leaving aspects of her old personality behind. By analyzing the film through sociological perspectives, the deeper meaning of the film can be revealed. Socialization Socialization is the process of connecting individuals to their community allowing individuals to experience new attitudes and perspectives.
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.
Michel is exemplary of a character that is misogynistic, ignorant and insecure. This is illustrated through the film’s opening sequence. For instance, after hotwiring the engine of the car, we see Michel refusing to ride along with his female accomplice, he then comments on two women hitchhikers as “being ugly,” and finally he refers to a female driver as “cowardice”, while simultaneously proclaiming women as being incompetent at driving. All of these instances exemplify Michel’s anxiousness in the rise of women’s independence in society. This is illustrated through the characterization of Michael.
In class we watched the movies Pariah, The breakfast club and Mean girls to see how they present expressive individualism. Bulman defined expressive individualism as “that strain of American individualism that values not material achievements, but the discovery of one’s unique identity and the freedom of individual self-expression” (Bulman, 2005). In the movie “Mean Girls” it’s about a girl named Cady who is new in a suburban high school. She moved there from Africa and has now the problem of facing the inequalities by social classes which are noticeable by expressive individualism.
Main characters, Gina, G-Child, Jessica, and violet undergo changes in their lives that destine their fate. The protagonist, G-Child, in particular begins to see the gang life slowly hindering her relationships and shape their in a negative way. The changes undergone for chapters 11 to 13 shape the characters fate by their previous knowledge, experiences, attitudes and physical changes constantly occurring. For starters, the girls slowly begin to drift apart from each other when they all begin to only care about the money they receive from selling illegal substances like crack. Their mindset changes as the begin to the main focus being money and power.
Mean Girls The movie Mean Girls has become a worldwide phenomenon in the past ten years. With A-list celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams this movie skyrocketed to fame quickly, and is now seen as one of the favorites in this generation. At first look a person would think that this film is just another chick flick, but there is so much more to this than pretty girls and cat fights. With characters like Cady Heron, the easily impressionable new girl from Africa, and Regina George, the popular girl that runs the school, this movie is a prime example of the social aspects of an adolescent’s life and the changes that can take place during this time.
Deception in Macbeth (An Understanding of Deception in Macbeth) During these present times, there is one word that describes the ability of making another person do what you want without brute force, and it is called peer pressure. Shakespeare knew of this idea, however in his time it was not known as peer pressure. He interpreted this theme into his play, “Macbeth,” by forming Macbeth’s wife into a power-hungry narcissist, who used Macbeth’s ego to her advantage.
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?
Are all pretenses evil? In King Lear, William Shakespeare explores the theme of deception and its various kinds. Hungry for flattering words, King Lear tests the love of his three daughters by asking them to describe how much they love him. The winner would get the largest portion of his kingdom. Eager for land and power, Goneril and Regan try to do outdo each other in proving their love for Lear through empty declarations of love.
(Namie & Namie, 2015) As shown majority of the reasons why a target was selected was due to the fear that they were more skilled at their job than the bully. The bully used the aggressive measure to gain control and demoralize the target until they seem incompetent at their job. Most often those who shift from showing moments of incivility to becoming bullies are shifting the burden of their problems onto someone else. This action allows the bully to gain control when they feel that their own life is out of control.