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Films tell us stories and present us with values and messages about our society and what needs to be changed In the film Girl Interrupted Susannas struggle with self-discovery and her fight to find a place in society illustrates the view that the women who do not fit into traditional roles should be ostracised from mainstream society given that they pose the threat of change It is clear that women like Susanna who have little ambition in becoming a carbon copy of their mother are seen as a threat and therefore classified as crazy Susanna is clearly misunderstood by her peers as well as the authority figures in her life She is not a degenerate but a young girl frustrated with her limited options for the future When Susanna is held after class by her teacher to discuss why she is the only senior not going on to college she tries to reach out for support from her teacher by explaining that shes not a druggie but she is concerned about ending up like her mother The teacher does not hear this and claims that there are more options for women today Susanna is trying to open up and seek some guidance but the only solution she gets is that she gets is to start acting like everyone else This scene reveals how secluded and trapped Susanna feels nobody seems to understand her even her parents dont know what to do with her The people she is reaching out to brush off her ambitions of being an artist as something to do in her spare time and place social pressure on her to do what is expected Even her peers expect more from her at the after-grade party the boy that is trying to pick her up is talking about his scholarship and future but this does not impress Susanna He sees this as strange and is willing to believe her when she jokes about
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