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Friendship: Friendship in this movie both fails and prospers throughout the film. Cady makes friends with the popular girls and also with Janice and Damien. Both set of friendships use Cady for their own various reasons and Cady goes along with them to fit in. That is where the friendships fail to function. With both sets of friendships there is no loyalty, Cady shows the most loyalty trying to hurt the other set of friends and get the girls to turn their back on Regina. There is a strong sense of sisterhood toward the end of the movie when all the girls are called to the gym and have to apologize to someone they have hurt, and also at the very end of the movie when Cady has won homecoming queen and breaks her crown giving a piece to a few of the girls, putting an end to the way all the girls were treating each other. Some factors that keep the girls from having healthy relationships are they way they grew up. Regina had a bad effect on Janice calling her a dyke in junior high, and also telling Gretchen she couldn't wear her hoop earrings. I think that friendships are very important for girls in high school, it can give them a sense of security knowing that there is someome who will listen to their problems and help her through it. Also to have a good time and laugh, is important for a friendship.
Role Models/Authority Figures: I think three major athority figures are Cady's parents and Ms. Norbury. Most of their influence is towrad Cady. Ms. Norbury is alwys trying to get Cady to do the right thing, and join the mathlets. She wants her to use the knowledge she has for math and apply it in a good and productive way. Her parents know that their daughter is capable of making the right choice because they raised her to do the right thing and expect nothing less form her. Regina's mother fails in her attempt at raising her duaghters. She acts more like a friend than a mom, and is more concerned about the latest gossip, than setting a good example. Ms. Norbury takes notice when Cady is more interested in herself and her friends than in math and school. Her grades drop and she pays more attention to Aaron than class. She calls her on it and encourages her to do better and help herself. These authority figures are important for these gilrs because they need to look at people like Ms. Norbury and can achieve the success that she has, being educated and teaching kids to do better.