The Freedom Writers Diary

The Freedom Writers Diary


Erin Gruwell

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In Diary 8, one student describes the way in which sorority life separates her from her friend Sarah. After undergoing a grueling interview in which she is interrogated and humiliated about her sexual experiences, Sarah decides to leave the sorority pledging process. This decision proves harmful to her social life, as she loses her friendship with the girls who decide to stay in the sorority. Sarah’s story demonstrates the strong, potentially harmful power of social groups organized around popularity and group loyalty.
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Sarah Character Timeline in The Freedom Writers Diary

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Part I: Diary 8
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While, at the beginning, the pledging process seems fun, she and one of her friends, Sarah, soon take part in an interview in which they are interrogated about their sexual experience.... (full context)
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...she has already gone through so much and doesn’t want to end up friendless like Sarah. She feels relieved, at least, to not have been treated as badly as some other... (full context)