Mean girls by Mark Waters- Visual/ Film Analysis
What is the text about?
Raised in an African bush country with only her parents, Cady Heron, a 16 year old home schooled teenager takes on a challenge when she enters her first public high school. She instantly makes friends with two sweet teenagers, Damian and Janis. However, she soon learns that high school is a jungle in itself, when she meets the ‘Plastics’- A group of four girls consisting of Gretchen, Karen and Regina George, the unofficial leader. The Plastics immediately let Cady into their group, however when Cady falls for Regina’s ex-boyfriend, Aaron Samuels, things turn ugly. When Regina finds out about this, she schemes for revenge to destroy Cady’s future social status, and to take Aaron away from her. Cady, jealous and angry turn to her old friends Damian and Janis to plot revenge to bring down Regina’s status. However as Cady spends more and more time with the Plastics, she too begins to become one.
1. Identify ONE concept of journeys and describe examples from the text that support it
Concept: Inner Journey
Inner Journeys allow Characters in films undergo a progression of change and development. In William Shakespeare’s Othello the main protagonist Othello undergoes an inner journey. As the play begins he is shown to have everything, being the general of the Venetian troops, being newly married to the beautiful daughter of a powerful man and having the personality traits of being a confident, highly self-assured man. However, due to the evil intentions of his best friend, and his jealousy fuelled through Othello’s prominence, Othello is manipulated and turned from a respected general to a savage moor. Comparably to the film mentioned, ‘Mean girls” by Mark Waters, Cady heron manipulates Regina into thinking they are best friends but secretly plotting her self- destruction.
Cady Heron changes dramatically throughout the film. Seemingly nice and