Franky Analysis Part 1: Welcome to Bristol, Franky
This is all about Franky from her past to the pool side at the end of her Episode. I am going to be as objective as possible with my analysis. Which means I will be both critical and praising. This one though is mostly praise. I’m trying to be fair. Feel free to send me your thoughts. Part 2 is coming soon :)
Franky has a deeply torn up and fleshed out past. She was given up by her mother and placed into the system. Then adopted quite late in life which means she was given from family to family most of her entire life. People came in and out of her life which has created several psychological issues in Franky. She has intimacy issues and abandonment issues. What does that mean? It means that she is constantly pushing people away while at the same time pulling her towards her. She does not know what love is and in many was she feels as if love is something she is undeserving of. There is something about her that is tainted that is destructive and she sees that side of her. It is all too real to her. There is a sentence in the Skins novel where she talks about her time being bullied and she talks about how she thinks that the reason she keeps being given away and the reason why the girls have been picking on is that they see something in her that she doesn’t see. Something evil…something wrong. When you hear negative things and been given up too many times you start feeling worthless. In essence Franky feels worthless. Yet she is strong at the same time.
Series 5, Franky leaves Oxford where her only friend Dean gets in trouble partly for getting involved with her situation. She comes to Bristol. Not sure of anything or anyone with a life time of disappointment and bullying. She has been given a family of two loving Dads yet at the same time she is fully aware that they are her adoptive fathers and she does not accept their love as unconditional. What if they give her up? What if they start to see what everyone else seems to see in her?
She then meets these three girls Mini, Liv, and Grace. For the first time she feels the potential for friendship and hopes for it as well though she is a bit weary. Shortly afterwards the disappointment happened when Mini had Nick post those pictures of Franky. She runs out angry and hurt over yet another event of disappointment. Her past has followed her to Bristol in the most embarrassing of ways. Grace being the person she is went to Franky to tell her that she was sorry this happened to Franky and that she genuinely wanted to be friends with her. This gesture is huge in Franky’s world and in any lonely person’s world. When you don’t have many friends and many female friends at all then statements like that fill you with hope and that is all a lonely person really needs…hope. Hope that things can change, hope that someone will see you, and hope that you can find someone who will love you unconditionally no matter what. Grace offered Franky that and in many ways it filled Franky with courage to burn her dress and confront Mini. To let her know that she would love to be friends with her and that no amount of verbal abuse would break her—she has heard it all. Then Grace and the boys took Franky to the pool to signify that she does have a support group. The ballerina, the metal head, and the farm boy each eccentric in their own ways gave Franky the welcome she needed. She even laughed.