First off, I'm still sad. Just so you all know that but I haven't stopped loving the show yet. It still gets a lot of my attention. Recently I've been composição literária reviews (I've posted one under vídeos on here) and I've only uploaded one of them due to internet issues.
But as I rewatch the episodes, I'm seeing some things I didn't before. Maybe it's my imagination, or maybe in some cases, the writers were being clever.
First off, I'm very proud of the way this show ended, intentionally or not. Beck and Jade WERE back together, and I will address my issues with Beck later in the artigo but I was still happy it happened, and it happened in an interesting way. Also, Cabbie didn't just pop up all of the sudden. There was a back and forth about it, and honestly you can either believe they got together or not, there is plenty of evidence for each argument... but all of these seem trivial in the face of this one thing... Tori Vega is single... and she doesn't care. It's lovely.
As people, not just girls, we're often taught that you are happy and 'normal' if you have a boyfriend or a girlfriend. The issue pops up mais with girls. Media and social pressure tells young girls subliminally, that when you're "Blank" years old you have a boyfriend. There is no why or realistic warnings about what will come of it, this is simply how things happen. The girls that are not dating someone are seen as outcasts, weirdos, or jokes in most shows... but not Tori Vega!
The messages I feel Brilhante Victoria send about dating are very interesting if I decide to analyze them critically. For one thing, our protagonist has absolutely never been desperate for a boyfriend. She's only really been 'desperate' for a boy's attention once, and it didn't take her long to realize how stupid it was. Tori has had very little boyfriend drama. It was hinted she had a crush on Beck (sort of), then she had the Danny issue, and then of course Moose, or whatever the hell his name was. In the Pilot, she kisses Beck, but it's to get back at Jade, not to lure Beck with her charms. She's being spiteful, not flirty. Other than that, we have no episodes depicting Tori as lonely or even wanting to be with someone. She is clearly single, and she just doesn't care. It isn't important to her. If there is anything young girls want to take after Tori for, let it be this. You can be perfectly happy on your own.
(Also girls that are desperate in this show (Trina,) are often seen as the ones to be laughed at)
But we didn't stop there, Beck and Jade reinforce that lesson, changing it only a little. The Bade break up was good for Jade. Liz said once that Jade was 'lonely' at one time, but for the most part she recovered really quickly. We even get to watch her struggle through that initial awkwardness. She's so used to having Beck. He's her company, her lover, her guardian, and her condemner at times. Beck fills every social need Jade has in her life or at least most of them... and that's never healthy. It's probably one reason she was so insecure and WHY she was so testy before the break up. If you fight with the person you use as your main social support, and you don't really know how to relate to your other friends, wouldn't you be testy? If she lost him, she lost everything right? Wrong, and the break up teaches her that. We watch her immediately grab onto Cat, whom I've always assumed knew Jade before Beck and is her best friend. But Cat can't be what Jade wants, and Jade's horrible temper keeps the rift between them... but soon Jade starts to change.
She doesn't scream AS much, her insults get less scathing and we can see that Jade is starting to feel normal. She's adjusting. During this time we see her grow. She learns to connect with other people (seen hanging out with Andre on their own, she starts to get along better with Tori, her relationship with Cat seems on the mend), she learns to trust her friends and that she can't control them (who they hang out with), and she eventually becomes the strong, unshakable Jade she was in the first season, less prone to fits of rage. It seems Jade has decided what she wants por the time Tori Fixes Beck and Jade. She doesn't want guys fawning over her, and she knows what she wants in her partner. I think this is why she wants Beck again. She knows that he is what she wants, but doesn't seem desperate to have him or anyone. Lonely, perhaps, but not clawing for anyone's attention. Then when they're back together, Jade hasn't 100 percent changed, but they now understand each other, and Jade has grown enough to accept things even if she doesn't like them sometimes.
So what does that say about relationships? You can't be happy in a relationship with someone until you're happy outside of it. Jade clearly had personal issues, not Beck issues. She couldn't have Beck issues because Beck never changes! Once she worked through her issues, she calmed down enough for Beck to realize the girl he fell in amor with is still in there... and he still loves her.
Moving on, Cat's character is interesting when it comes to romance as well. It may not teach a golden lesson in every one's eyes, but I think it's great. Cat is a flirty girl, yet I've never heard her described as 'slutty'. Despite the fact she's constantly and shamelessly flirting with guys, and all different sorts of them. I think it's great personally. It's great because she isn't seen as a slut, just a girl having fun. This image has been acceptable for men for years, but the segundo girls flirt with mais than one guy, for SHAME! Really, Cat isn't a tease or a whore or anything like that, she's just Cat. She's enjoying the company of guys that compliment her and make her feel good/good about herself but she doesn't want a connection. She doesn't want to be tied down, even to someone she likes (Robbie, though the reason she turned him down may have been a social issue... Idk). This may not be a roll model for young girls. I don't think any young girls or boys should walk around being constant flirts, but that's just my opinion. But certainly, if it's ok for boys (like Beck) it's ok for girls. You go Cat!
Another instance where gender roles seem reversed in the relationship factor is with almost all of the boys (excluding Beck). This is interesting. Not healthy for them, but interesting. Almost ALL of the boys pine for a girlfriend mais than once in the series. Andre tries to act like a player, but he clearly wants a relationship, and Robbie just wants any girl (but mostly Cat). Again, I don't think anyone should be desperate for a relationship but it is kinda funny to see.
Off of the relationship thing and onto another. The pergunta I have is why some people don't like Jade. They constantly say stuff like, "She's a bad person" or "She's mean/a bitch"... but is she? Sure she's a temperamental loud mouth, my neighbor is a temperamental loud mouth. She's rough and swears like a sailor and respostas the phone with "What do you want bitch?" but when my grandmother died she was one of the first people who called me. She offered support, help, even money.
So the pergunta is, does being rough around the edges make Jade a bad person... and I have to say no. Jade isn't a BAD person... she just isn't easy to get along with. Out of all of the characters Jade is the one constantly learning some sort of lesson. Rarely does she do something horrible, and not suffer consequences or learn better. And she doesn't repeat offences, if Jade learns a lesson, it sticks and she grows.
I don't understand how people can dislike or even hate one of the most if not THE MOST developed character on the show. Over the course of four seasons we see Jade constantly changing. First she devolves in season 2 into a screaming maniac, but then she grows. Jade learns, Jade changes, and por the time season four ended, she's someone I'd have loved to be friends with. When we look at the essence of Jade's character (which I will not do here, because it would take forever) we see someone who genuinely cares for the people in her life. We see someone grow up. por the end of the series Jade has completely evolved while most of the others either stayed the same (Beck and Trina) or got worse (Andre and Cat).
So how can you not like Jade? I'd be willing to argue that Jade is one of the best people on the show, despite her flaws.
It is late, I had a crap mais to say. I can't remember it x.x but this artigo is already long, so I'll just write a new one when it comes. What do you guys think? What do you see when you watch the show with dissection tools? I'd amor to know.
Also, I'm not sure whether or not to post por character analyzes I've done on this site, they may be too wordy. I may put them on fanfiction. If you'd like to read them though, or have any advice, feel free to tell me.