The Marthas are a perfect example of angels on the outsides, and sort of devils on the inside. They do community service work like setting up for faculty parties, tutoring city kids, and hosting walkathons. Even though they do all these nice things, the “Clan Leaders” seem very into their idiotic rules. Melinda describes them as “an expensive clan to run with” (42). This is kind of saying that if you want to be in the group, you have to be able to afford the designer clothes they wear, which is hard for some people whose parents don’t have jobs or low wages.
This doesn’t seem to be what a community service club should be like. A real service club takes time out of there lives to help others and don’t ask for anything in return. The Marthas don’t really get the concept of that. In the book, they had Heather decorate for the Thanksgiving faculty meeting and she was “not allowed to take credit for her work” (45). Although they don’t directly ask for anything, it is obvious that they want to get praise for what they do and for what other people do.
There are a lot of things wrong with this so called “community service” club. The Clan Leaders need to put an end to taking credit for things the younger members do. The younger members should speak up and not let the Leaders push them around. They also need to stop trying to dress the same, it sounds really corny and childish. For example they wear “plaid for autumn with matching sweaters in colors named after fruit… winter calls for Fair Isle sweaters, lined wool pants, and Christmas hair ornaments.” (42). Instead of doing it every day they should do it only once in a while, like every month. That way people who don’t have a lot of money can join too. With these simple changes the Marthas might become a more pleasant group for people who are both members and nonmembers.
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