Popular Girls by Karen Shepard – Text Analysis
What is the result of a spoiled girl living in the city that never sleeps, absent parents and her father’s credit card? “Popular Girls” tells the story.
“Popular girls”, the title really hits the spot. And what do I mean by this? Well it’s actually quite simple. The story revolves around five, or maybe six, girls living in New York City, which is the richest city in the US, doing everything in their power to be popular. And how do they do this? Well as I said everything they possibly can. Even though they only attend tenth grade, they have become so affected by the big city life that their sense of reality has completely disappeared. They ...view middle of the document...
And on the other hand the drugs symbolize adulthood, a fast pace life and danger.
The narrative angle is very complex in this story, and I haven’t seen this type of narration before. The story is written as if all of the five girls have written it together, without taking a point of view from one of the girls, but all of them. “We” is the most commonly used word to describe the girls, which gives the impression that they together are “one” or a unit if you like. At first I thought that the narrator was either one of the girls or a sixth girl. Being one of the girls wouldn’t make sense, because of the way the story is told. It mentions all of the girls with no particular point of view in one of them.
The tone of the story is very alike the girls in the story, superficial. Actually is it very cleverly written because of the way that the tone supports the personalities of the girls. The girls try to be as cool as possible, which also is reflected in the tone by being very unemotional. Another superficial feature is the way that everything they own, do or everywhere they go is described mainly by the brand name. Whether it’s a bar, miniskirt or drink it is pointed out that it is not cheap and accessible for everyone.
I my opinion there are more than one theme in this story. But if I had...