What Is Cady Heron's Monsters, Marvels And Meaning?
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Having been homeschooled by her parents for the majority of her life while living abroad in Africa, Cady Heron is innocent and way over her head when she is suddenly introduced to American public school. Her two new friends, Janis Ian and Damian Leigh, give her an overview of the various groups that exist in their school, including the infamous yet popular group of “Plastics” (Waters 00:09:12–00:12:45). Despite the duo’s advice to avoid this group at all costs, Cady finds herself in their favor, and is unexpectedly invited by them to have lunch together on a regular basis by their leader, Regina George. Cady relays this information back to Janis and Ian, who suggest using this as an opportunity to learn more about what Regina and her friends have to say about them and the school’s general population. Within Mark Waters’ Mean Girls, Cady Heron inadvertently finds herself to be a member of two opposing factions who hold contempt for each other. Yet, by the end of the film, she also resolves their feud. How can Cady, a stranger to their conflict, dissolve the barriers that separate the differing social cliques within her school? In her work “Monsters, Marvels and Meanings,” Margrit Shildrick theorizes about what it means to be a monster. In her work, she examines how monsters are often portrayed as physical beings that cannot be described as being regular humans. These monsters as physical beings represent “a positive function of securing the boundaries of the self,” and help