Mean Girls, Directed By Mark Waters

1471 words - 6 pages

Today is a day unlike any you have experienced. You get yourself ready and arrive in a territory you could never be fully prepared for. In this new arena, you gaze out upon a vast variety of specimen. Each species holds closely to their kind to such an extent that it is as if the food chain is sprawled out in front of you in perfect balance. As your gaze ascends, it is abrasively obvious who hold the top of this bionetwork. The dominant, carnivorous female stands proudly and walks through the others with her team of hunters following closely behind. All other members of the ecology you have been submerged in part as they walk through, half watch in awe and all hope this leader is not hungry. Today is not your first day in the African jungle. Today is your first day of public high school in America. Mean Girls portrays high school to be a social jungle created by the girls in the American education system through a basic rise and fall plot, demonstration that the social ecology is more important than academics, and direction of typical high school stereotypes toward a teenage female audience.
The basic plot of Mean Girls is that of an innocent new girl being thrown into the social jungle of American high school education and rising to royalty only to find she has fallen from her true greatness. This plot is presented in such a way, as to show that the social stereotypes and anarchies invented by female high school students in America is flawed only leads to girls who try and hurt each other instead of forming true friendships. On “Cady’s” first day of school, “Janis” and “Damean” immediately take her in. Being “fresh meat,” the Plastics decide to take her under their wing on the second day of school. Steaming from a long time grudge between “Janis” and “Regina” (the plastic’s leader), a new order of events leads to a plot to de-throne “Regina” from her queen bee status. While the plan ultimately work, true friendship is destroyed and “Cady” turns into a queen bee just as bad as the original. A balance is only restored when “Cady” realizes what she had become and then confesses to untruthfully writing that her teacher is a drug pusher. In the end, “Cady” returns to being herself and the social stereotypes are dissolved. “Cady” comes to the conclusion that, “when [she] arrived, high school was a shark tank, but now it flowed.” The majority of American high school education systems have the same jungle like atmosphere shown of social spheres focusing all of their energy on hurting other social spheres instead of accepting them. Unfortunately, the cliché movie ending is not always as present. The plot for Mean Girls was chosen in order to show that while the American education system generally is a hostile place for female student-female student relationships, a balanced social environment is attainable.
Mean Girls shows that the social system at play between female students is the most important aspect of the American...

Find Another Essay On Mean Girls, directed by Mark Waters

Girls' Development During Adolescence: Diminishment of Self

1509 words - 6 pages Large numbers of American girls face a crisis during adolescence. Numerous studies document the disturbing trends that affect girls during this vulnerable time. Girls' IQ scores drop. Their grades in math and science decline dramatically. The confidence, curiosity, and willingness to take risks that mark their childhood years are replaced by unassertiveness, boredom, and a cleaving to the status quo. Girls at this age become prone to

The Fight to Be Beautiful Essay

2068 words - 8 pages . Darryl Roberts. Perf. Ted Casablanca, Eve Ensler, and Paris Hilton. First Independent Pictures, 2007.DVD "Eating Disorders Statistics « National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders." National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Web. 23 Feb. 2011. Mean Girls. Dir. Mark Waters. Perf. Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Jonathan Bennett. Paramount Pictures, 2004.DVD "Report of the 2010 Plastic Surgery Statistics." American Society of Plastic Surgeons: The Resource for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Web. 23 Feb. 2011. Seventeen Jan. 2011: 240+. Web.

Pageant Problems

1278 words - 6 pages Have you ever watched the reality television show Toddlers & Tiaras? Toddlers & Tiaras is a show about the glitz of the pageant world that little girls are more than likely forced, by their parents, to participate in. It is mandatory for them to have fake tans, fake eye lashes, fake teeth, and a ridiculous amount of make-up. Not to mention the unsuitable outfits these girls’ parents vow that they wear. Beauty pageants exploit little girls and

Height and Weight Data on High School Children

8212 words - 33 pages previously and they are all my own calculations) Boys Girls Year 7 12.5 14 Year 8 20 22 Year 9 20 8 Year 10 10 26 Year 11 98 4 This table shows that years seven, eight and ten have a large range between the upper quartile and the lower quartile this suggests why year ten?s have a taller mean than the year eleven?s, as larger values will affect the mean. Ranges This shows the different year groups by gender with the inter ? quartile

The Salem Witch Trials

981 words - 4 pages Mark of the Devil was often enough just a strange birthmark. A ritual way of testing this mark was to prod it with a pin; if there was no pain or no blood, then it was a Witches Mark. Some see the Witch Trials as originating from an event occurring in 1688. A young woman by the name of Martha Goodwin began to exhibit strange behavior and soon after her siblings demonstrate the same odd behavior. Martha Goodwin had argued with the laundress Goody

Green City Clean Water Program

1802 words - 7 pages . Increase in paved and other impermeable surfaces increases stormwater runoff pollution, even if that pollution is directed toward conventional stormwater infrastructure. But green infrastructure provides a solution by stopping rainfall before it reaches sewers. And green infrastructure usually costs less to install and maintain when compared to conventional "gray" forms of water infrastructure that rely on concrete gutters, sewers, and end-of-pipe

Critical Lense

785 words - 4 pages is stopped. The screenplay Mean Girls by Tina Fey, and the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare both portray excellent examples of leaders first appearing to be acting in the peoples favor, then revealing that that’s exactly all it really was, an act. Cady Heron and Mark Antony successfully represented many other characters throughout literature and history who have transformed into tyrants by first appearing as protectors. Cady

Educatiion Empowers Women toOvercome Discrimination

3640 words - 15 pages had a primary education ("EFA Global Monitoring Report 2012"), that if India enrolled one percent more girls in secondary school, its GDP would rise by five and a half billion dollars ("The World Factbook – India"), that girls with secondary education are six times less likely to be married as children ("International Center for Research on Women 2006"), that if all girls obtained a secondary education there would be two-thirds fewer child

The Relationship between Height and Weight of Boys and Girls

1466 words - 6 pages for further break-downs of the data into age, gender, etc. I then created a third sheet of data which combined the previously separate data for KS3 and KS4 in order to produce one set of data for the whole school that could be analysed as a whole. In pursuance of my hypothesis, that boys are taller than girls, I then divided this data by gender so that boys and girls could be analysed separately, and their results

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

2227 words - 9 pages drowning her lungs. This is also the reason she’s rushing to the intensive care unit midway into the novel. When Hazen is sufferings, she often compares the pain to the waves of the ocean crashing over her, but being unable to drown. Drowning is also in the T.S. Eliot poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” of which Hazel recites parts to Augustus, “We have lingered in the chambers of the sea / By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown / Till

Finding Meaning in For Color Girls

1572 words - 6 pages till she is raped by him in her own house. She could not stop him from taking her control and doing as he wished. For the other women, they were never giving any chance of agency. They did not know how to claim it for themselves. When they had had their fair share of pain and disappointed, they decided it was time to live for themselves and also to cease control. For colored girls was my favorite because it was directed by Tyler. When I watched

Similar Essays

The Film Mean Girls: More Real Than You Know

1627 words - 7 pages The film Mean Girls, directed by Mark Waters, written by Rosalind Wiseman and Tina Fey, and starring Lindsey Lohan as a lost teenage girl, is a hilarious movie about the new life of Cady Heron. After moving from Africa where she previously had lived and been home schooled for the most of her adolescent life, Cady is thrust into a new culture, town, and school when her parents decide to make the move back to the United States. In this laugh-out

Mean Girls: Saturday Light Live Essay

2938 words - 12 pages , Mean Girls 2. Directed by Melanie Mayron, the sequel is more of a spin off with a new cast of girls acting out basically the same sequence of events. The film has no score on Rotten Tomatoes, but Hillary Busis wrote a review in Entertainment Weekly referring to the film as a “thinly veiled, low-budget remake of the 2004 hit with which it shares a name.” While the film did well among 12-34 year olds during its opening week, it did not possess any

Teenage Movies: ‘Mean Girls’ V. ‘Clueless’

1351 words - 5 pages film was directed by Mark Waters, produced by Lourne Michaels and written by Tina Fey who also stars as Ms. Norbury who is Cady’s Maths teacher. ‘Mean Girls’ was based on the New York Times best-selling book Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman. ‘Clueless’ tells the story of Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone), a good-natured but bemused girl

The Failure Of Abstinence Only Sexual Education

1145 words - 5 pages ., 10 Apr. 2010. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. Kay, Julie F., and Ashley Jackson. Sex, Lies & Stereotypes. University of Southern California Global Health. University of Southern California, 2008. Web. 17 Nov. 2013. Mean Girls. Dir. Mark Waters. SNL Studios, 200. Film. "The Truth About Abstinence-Only Programs." The Truth About Abstinence-Only Programs. Advocates For Youth, n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2013.