My So-Called Life
What is the underlying meaning of the title of the series?
The title of the show, My So-Called Life, suggests the understanding of
meaninglessness that many teenagers experience. It shows us how it is to feel judged by
others and it encapsulates the main theme of the series. The show depicts the teenage years
as being difficult and confusing rather than a light, fun-filled time.
This series deals with the expectations that people have of teenagers. The main
character, Angela felt like she was being expected to do certain things even though she had
just become a teenager and she was still trying to figure out who she was for herself. In high
school, Angela found two new friends named Rayanne and Rickie, who are not the best
students and don’t seem to be very good influences on her. As a result, Angela started to
skip classes with them and didn’t focus on her school work as much anymore. Her parents
expected her to keep up with her school work and do well in her classes, the things she had
always done; but being a teenager in high school had changed Angela.
In the show, a main focus is how people are judged by their appearance. Angela felt
misunderstood and judged when she dyed her hair red after it being blonde her whole life.
Angela didn’t want to be seen as that “goody goody blonde girl” anymore, she wanted to
stand out and make a change. Her personality had changed; the people she hangs out with
had changed, so why not change her hair too. But her parents and old friends judged her
because of it.
The show covers all of the characters going through rough times; each and every one
of them was put into different situations where they felt meaningless or unwanted. They all
took turns feeling uncomfortable and not knowing how to deal with their situation. At the
beginning of the series, Angela felt unwanted by Jordan. Later on, Rickie felt alone after...
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