The Daria Annotation
Write Where it Hurts
Does Jane ever read that crumpled-up story that Daria tosses on the
floor? The one where she runs off with Kevin?
The first story, with Kevin and Jane, is play on the final scene of "The Graduate"
The second story is similar to Jane Austen's writing.
The Victorian story flat out has Daria calling Trent flaky (and she's writing it, remember) and Quinn calling Jesse Jane's admirer.
Jake manages to set the stove on fire.
The story with both Jake and Helen and Mack and Jodie may be a reference to Hamlet. Although there are three witches in it, Banquo says "If you can look into the seeds of time, And say which grain will grow and which will not, Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear Your favours nor your hate." in a scene somewhat resembling the story.
Mr. O'Neill's comment about "sometimes boundaries can paradoxically provide us with freedom" is similar to a comment made in Feet of Clay, by Terry Pratchett: "Freedom without limits is just a word"
In Daria's last story, she's married to a guy named Marcello, who's a high-school teacher that doesn't get along very well with the rest of the faculty, and Daria's a columnist.
Daria being a columnist is probably based on Marilyn vos Savant.
Daria says the other students aren't writing anything. They are writing reports, just not stories.
In the final story, the calendar sometimes is and sometimes isn't on the wall above the phone (sort of behind Helen).
Daria's story doesn't really have anything to do with the original assignment of including something with moral dimensions.