In The Breakfast Club, a group of stereotypical high school students spend a day together in detention. The audience learns interesting things about each character throughout the film, but they’re still stereotypes at the end of the day. Brian is into cars and has a hard time with his father. The audience also knows that he’s an athlete and that he plays on the tennis team. The audience learns that he doesn’t do well in school and that he’s not a people person. The audience also sees that Brian’s a troublemaker, especially when Bender insults him through a note passed during history class.
The audience never gets to know what Brian is like outside of his stereotype as an athlete who doesn’t do well in school because they only see him inside of the stereotypical situation of detention. Allison was placed there for underage drinking at a party with her friends after prom night . The audience sees this as breaking girl code, even though she goes to great lengths to help Claire feel better about herself by making her hair look good for the assembly. The audience sees that Allison cares more about other people than herself and that she’s very loyal.
The audience also gets the impression that she doesn’t like breaking rules, especially when Principal Vernon reads her file – which is full of detentions for infractions such as wearing a skirt 2 inches above the knee and “hanging out behind the school. ” The audience learns that Allison cares more about following rules than her own desires and that she’s not very outspoken and daring. Claire was put there because she “was caught making out with someone in [her] mom’s Volvo . ” The audience learns that Claire doesn’t want everyone to know what happened because it would affect how they treat her.
The audience discovers at the end of the film, however, when Andy kisses her, that Claire isn’t a follower and that she’s a leader. The audience learns that Claire hates to be seen as weak or vulnerable, but at the end of the film, The Breakfast Club comes together as a group because they’re all stereotypically different people who would normally not get along with each other. The audience also sees that Claire cares more about how people see her than what she wants for herself and that she can be kind of vain about her looks.
Andrew was placed there for dealing drugs . The audience learns that he doesn’t take school very seriously and isn’t very smart academically. The protagonist of The Breakfast Club , Andy is intelligent and perceptive enough to see the similarities between himself and others in his group by the end of their detention time together. The audience learns that Andy cares more about school than he lets on and that he has a lot of insecurities, in spite of his good looks.
The protagonist of The Breakfast Club , Andrew is able to see the similarities between himself and others in his group by the end of their detention time together. The audience also discovers that Andy’s very perceptive when it comes to other people, despite his own feelings of inadequacy to deal with life outside of high school. Emilio was put there for vandalism . The audience sees that Emilio doesn’t really care much about what’s going on at school or how many detentions he gets because he didn’t even know about Friday night detention until Bender told him about it.
The audience never learns what The Breakfast Club is like outside of detention because we only see them face the consequences of their stereotypes and how they handle them. The audience learns that Emilio isn’t very academically inclined and doesn’t care much about what goes on at school, but The Breakfast Club comes together as a group because they’re all stereotypically different people who would normally not get along with each other. The protagonist of The Breakfast Club , Emilio is able to see the similarities between himself and others in his group by the end of their detention time together.
The movie The Breakfast Club came in the 1980’s and it was a movie about a day in a high school in America. The film contained stereotypes that were common in American High Schools during these times. The main characters were the Five students who had to spend Saturday detention together . In this paper I will talk about The Four Major Stereotypes In The Breakfast Club, The Jock, The Princess, The Criminal And The Basket case.
The first character we meet is Claire Standish or better known as “the princess” because she has got rich parents and her sense of entitlement took over her. She is portrayed by Molly Ringwald and is considered to be an antagonist in comparison to the other four teenagers since she doesn’t want to see the good in the others. The second one is The Criminal or better known as Andrew Clark played by Emilio Estevez. The criminal is considered to be an antagonist too, because he wants to escape from The Breakfast Club and doesn’t want to learn anything.
The third stereotype in The Breakfast Club is Bender who is the jock of the movie. His real name is Brian Johnson but everybody at school calls him Bender because of his temper . The jock (Bender) wants to use Claire Standish for sexual purposes so the fourth character represents the Basket Case since Allison Reynolds or better known as “the basket case” was one when she was younger due to her violent episodes at school so she was sent off till college.
Stereotypes play a major role in The Breakfast Club, and it’s easy to see that each character represents almost every social and racial stereotype ever known. The film is set up so you truly get to know the characters, and understand how they feel, which makes their stereotypes all the more obvious. The movie begins with five high school students who are on Saturday detention. The five students are quite different from one another, yet they share one common bond, so it seems: all five of them are “misunderstood” somehow.
The film’s main character, Brian, is a smart but shy boy who happens to be an outcast in school. The other four students include the stereotypical popular girl who is rich and spoiled; the jock who is egotistical and self-centered; the rebel without a cause; and finally the basket case that has emotional issues which she constantly lets everyone see (this student is mentally unstable). The movie does touch on emotions of each character individually but goes into little depth about any of their personal lives beyond what can be seen within The Breakfast Club itself.
The movie isn’t supposed to be about their pasts or what leads up to them being in Saturday detention; The Breakfast Club is simply a character study. The point of The Breakfast Club is to look at the students as they are, not who they were before. All five characters begin opening up even more as time goes on and start discussing their views on life and how it makes them unhappy. The members of The Breakfast Club reveal secrets about themselves that change how everyone else looks at them–and these revelations often lead to other stereotypes being shattered.
The popular girl starts out talking like she’s better than anyone else (even though no one ever says this directly) but soon realizes that there are problems with her own life that need fixing. The jock admits to having fears and insecurities, even though he’d never show anyone. The rebel without a cause isn’t really as tough as she likes everyone to think she is. The rich popular girl who appears to have everything breaks down into tears when discussing how her father doesn’t love or understand her.
The movie goes on to reveal that the five students are all more alike than they thought, which shows how stereotypical groupings can be quite different from real life. The character you would least expect to have problems turns out to have the most–and vice versa. The Breakfast Club ends with all five characters realizing so much about themselves, mainly because of their time spent together during Saturday detention.