Friendship functions as a way to become popular in high school. Being popular is idealized by a majority of the students. In Mean Girls the Plastics were the most popular girls in high school. When Cady first moved she became friends with Janis and Ian. She got invited to eat lunch with the Plastics one day for lunch. Janis and Ian encouraged Cady to become friends with them so they could get the dirt on the girls. Cady eventually began to like the girls. The girls were not loyal at all. For example, when Regina found out that Cady liked her ex-boyfriend Aaron, Regina decided to go out with Aaron again. The girls cannot have solid friendships because they revolve around Regina. Regina is the one that tells the girls what to do and how to look and act. The girls get annoyed and offended by Regina but don’t say anything. Friendships are important to the girls because they are known to be popular. They know that everyone wants to be them and look like them. Brown and Simmons say that friendships are a major struggle. There are many things that can come in between girls in high school. Friends will stab you in the back and then they can be the best.
RoLE MoDELS/ AUTHoRiTY FiGURES
A major role model for Cady was Ms. Norbury. Ms. Norbury knew that Cady was slowly becoming popular. Cady always did well on math exams and then all the sudden she was failing to get help from her crush. Cady was so good at math she was on the math team that was lead by Ms. Norbury. Cady was venting one day to the girls about Ms. Norbury and then they had her write about it in the burn book. Cady made up a story that Ms. Norbury was a drug dealer. The burn book was then out for everyone in highschool to hear. Ms. Norbury then was investigated by the police. After the Burn book is revealed Ms. Norbury each girl get up and express themselves infront of all the student girls. Ms. Norbury wants the girls to be able to understand each other. I think Cady really looked up to Ms. Norbury because she went through a lot in her life struggling and working two jobs. Ms. Norbury made accomplishments with the girls by trying to make them see that they are all the same and they can all be friends.