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Teen Voice - 12/23/2012

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updated: Dec 22, 2012, 12:00 PM

By Kelsey Abkin

While flipping through the recent issue of Vanity Fair, I came across an article titled "Capote's Swan Dive." Being an avid fan of books such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's," I decided to take a deeper look. Inside was an in-depth portrayal of Truman Capote's social suicide, the story of how he exploited the secrets of those who trusted him in order to gain fame, power, and to climb the social ladder. It was a story of drama at its' prime, of the destructive path toward popularity and the detrimental fact that people use other people. It somewhat reminded me of high school. In no way am I saying high school parallels those cliche movies involving "popular girls" and "cliques," however disillusionment still exists as teenagers scrounge to be well liked. Sadly, this desire often leads to the putting down of others on their way to the top. I don't know what spurs the inclination to be well-known but I can say that I cannot count on two hands the amount of times I've witnessed high school teenagers bring down their friends in order to gain momentum, even if just for the moment. This concept brings up the question of loyalty. We all know that girl/boy in high school who when they speak everyone listens and who has the ability to make you feel special while also making themselves appear notable. It's a wonderful yet sometimes dangerous friend to have as they immediately gain your trust. I guess though, like in the instance of Capote, the world sets it straight. It's unreasonable to say that people need to be careful with whom they trust as you never really know, however it seems to constantly be true that exploiting others to get to the top only leads to one's own downfall.

 

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