Mean Girls ENGL 1102
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Date Created: 08/02/16
1 Taylor Howze, Haley Cantrell, and Kaylin Funches Professor Plew Mean Girls July 15 2016 Cliques and Group Roles Wiseman does a very good job of explaining what cliques are and how the members in the group have roles they play to make them have the title of a “clique” in her novel, Queen Bees Wannabes. A clique is a group of people that are friends who have common interests who do not normally let outsiders in. In cliques there are different types of roles that everyone plays called group roles. These roles differ from leaders to followers and even more specific than that. Everyone in the group has a role to make them a clique with their own strengths, weaknesses, and responsibilities. In the movie Mean Girls “ The Plastics” are the major clique that the focuses is on. This clique has a reputation of the preppy, girly, perfect, and popular girls. In Wiseman’s novel she describes many different group roles that can be seen in Mean Girls. One of the group roles Wiseman describes is “ The Target”. She describes “ The Target” as, “ She is the girl who gets set up by the other girls to be humiliated, made fun of, and/or excluded”(96). In the movie I believe that Janis plays that role. In the movie “ The Plastics” continuously throughout the movie harass Janis and let everyone know that they think she is a lesbian, which could or could not be true we do not really know, therefore we can infer that “The Plastics” start rumors and like to cause conflict. 2 Gretchen in the movie is classified as “ The Pleaser/Wannabe” that Wiseman describes in her novel. Wiseman states that “ The Pleaser/Wannabe” is, “She often observes and imitates their behavior, clothes, and interests but never feels completely in the groupthat’s why she is always proving her loyalty to the most powerful girls”(94). Gretchen plays this role in the clique, because she will do anything Regina, the leader of “The Plastics”, says because her main goal is to be popular. In the movie Gretchen says that she is not allowed to wear her gold hoops her parents got her for her birthday, because Regina is only allowed to wear hoops. Gretchen listens to Regina, because she does like the attention and popularity she gets from her peer because she is a part of “ The Plastics”. Regina in the movie Mean Girls would easily be classified as “The Queen Bee” from Wiseman’s novel. “The Queen Bee” is, “the epitome of teen girl perfection”(Wiseman 87). Regina is very attractive, can be very manipulative, and is also rich and that’s what gives her all of her power. She deliberately tries to cause conflict with in her clique and outside of it. She is also a backstabber and a liar when she blames her so called “friends” for making the burn book when she contributed in making in it as well. In the end all of Regina’s lies ended up catching up with her when she almost died by getting hit by a bus. When continuously treating others badly it eventually catches up to you and “The Queen Bee” finally learns her lesson. I asked two of my friends which group roles they thought they played in their group of friends from Wiseman’s book and they told me they thought they played “The Banker” and “ The Sidekick”. Wiseman describes “ The Banker” as; “ She creates chaos by banking information about girls in her social sphere and dispensing it as strategic intervals”(91). She also describes, “The Sidekick” as, “ She’s the lieutenant or second in command, the girl who’s closet 3 to the Queen Bee and will back her up no matter what because her power depends on the confidence she gets from the Queen Bee”(90). In the Mean Girls movie I think that Cady plays the role of “ The Banker” and Gretchen also has characteristic traits similar to the meaning of “ The Sidekick”. Cady plays the role of “ The Banker”, because she only becomes part of “ The Plastics” to get personal information about the girls in the clique’s lives so she can take them down. Gretchen not only shows similarities to “The Pleaser/Wannabee” but also to “The Sidekick”, because Gretchen will always do as Regina says because she wants to be apart of the incrowd. Being friends with Regina makes her feel confidant and she loves the perks of popularity. My friend said she was” The Banker” because all of friends trusted her with their secrets, but really her friends did not know that she betrayed their trust. She always tried to become friends with the girls she did not like, so that when they would confide in her about their secrets and then she would tell their peers to ruin her reputation. One day my friend got caught telling her best friends personal family business to one of their other friends. Little did my friend know that the friend they were talking about was on the other line and she had been caught breaking the trust her friend had in her by gossiping and talking about business that was not hers to be discussed. After that day my friend lost her too closet friends because of her need to gossip. She learned her lesson and now she does not involve herself in others business. One of my other friends explained to me that she feels like her role was “The Sidekick” because she was the best friend of “The Queen Bee”. She hated how her friend used to put others down to make herself feel better and realized that she could never do that to someone. My friend now looks back and regrets all the time wasted hanging out with “ The Queen Bee” just to fit it. 4 She would get with her friend and they would talk so bad about their peers but when they saw those fellow peers at school they would be so nice and fake to them. They were twofaced and they wanted their peers to think they were super nice, down to earth, and sweet girls, but really once you walked away they would start talking about you. She did anything “The Queen Bee” told her to do, because she loved the perks of being friends with her. My friend finally realized when “The Queen Bee” tried telling her who she could not be friends with or who she could not date that being friends with her was not in her best interest. After she stopped being friends with “The mean girls” she found better friends that respected her and her decisions. My friend not only found herself though this experience, but also a whole new set of friends that have the best interests at heart for her.
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