News for the week of October 4th, 2012 : Lindsey Swidergal
Is partying the only thing that makes you cool in highschool?
Smoking and drinking? Lying and Bluffing? Are these things that a student has to be associated with to be accepted? At Barrington High School the urge to be popular and fit in is always soaring. Recently, it has be considered okay to be two faced and portray a different personality when hanging with the "cool" crowd. Many students put on a phony act to be a part of a popular group that actually doesn’t really exist. As a student, would you like have real, genuine friends or ones that use you for your amenities? At first the instinct is always," Of course I would like to have legitimate friends who like me for who I am". But in reality, people are going to act and that is how a society may fall short. The downfall of our society is because of us, the students. Students’ fake personalities and quest to fit in is what is going to make the Barrington high school's society fail just like the civilization in the well known novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Taking everything for granted?
A want that is unreachable
Barrington students, some consciously and others not, have an obsession with how others view them. What you wear, where you’re from, and how much money you have. Myrtle and Barrington students compare in many ways. Myrtle always wanted to be a part of East Egg, have lots of money, and wealthy clothes. Myrtle would rather be treated like a dog by someone who has money, than be cared by someone who isn’t wealthy. It is not that student’s want money but every student wants something they cannot have. If that’s a boyfriend/girlfriend or just friends that maybe act differently. “ I wanted to be popular. I sacrificed everything. I lost my best friend and its probably one of the biggest regrets of my life so far”, Madison , a Junior, cried. Shows what a person’s actions can cause. Myrtle causes the Gatsby society to fail because she wants a better life where she can act like she is the top of the world. Students want to be a part of group that is at the top of the social pyramid. It’s always a want but can never be accomplished. This dream of each student also compares Gatsby’s dream of having Daisy and what the green light symbolism. The green light was a symbol of something like a dream that is unachievable. The dream of Gatsby to have daisy ended in tragic. Gatsby died and never reached his goal in life. Exactly like how the dream of a student to be at the social top is unattainable. A person is born with the personality and the characters they have. Fakeness is the only way that a person can possibly reach their peak. Gatsby was real, things end abruptly. Myrtle was a pretender, and put on a show to be at the top. Then she got killed, which added to the downfall of the society. Explains exactly how being fake leads to a society to fail. Just like myrtle, a fake personality will lead to Barrington high school failing.
Throwing a party is explained by how to find fake friends in the matter of two minutes.
Gossiping and falseness of a society is portrayed in the film Mean Girls
Reaching for a unreachable dream