The film opens up with our five main characters, Claire the prep, Allison the weirdo, Andrew the athlete, Brian the nerd, and John the rebel, going to school for a saturday detention. The movie starts off with the five characters disliking each other or at least thinking the others are inferior compared to themselves. At this point, the kids belong to an aggregate group due to the fact that, even though they are in the same place, they do not share a sense of identity. The film exemplifies the group dynamic in society by showing how people can transform from one kind of group to another. This can be seen in how the kids form their own in-group, the Breakfast Club, by sharing their own personal stories and deep intimate secrets with one another.
These three have shared a common friendship that is challenged when Andy turns to a new kid, “ Shane” to teach him how to be a punk for an acting audition. The film “ The Breakfast club” by John Hughes is about five students from stereotype endure a saturday detention under a power- hungry principal. This group includes rebel John, princess Claire, outcast Allison, Brainy Brain, and Andrew, the jock. Each has a chance to tell their story, making the others see them a little differently. These characters are very similar, in terms of their family pressures, personality, and their relationships with other
The concern with stereotyping a group is that we assume that each person acts the same, ultimately resulting in the loss of each person’s individuality. As depicted in the movie The Breakfast Club, five students from different social groups are forced to spend an afternoon of detention together. As the movie progresses, the kids learn more about each other and themselves, realizing that the labels given to them by society do not define who they are as people. Each character in the movie is subjected to stereotypes. Instead of taking the time out to get to know one another, the students identify each other by the groups they belong to.
In “ The Breakfast Club” five high school students have to go to a Saturday detention for eight hours. Each student is from a different social group, or clique. You have the “brain,” the “athlete,” the “basketcase,” the “princess,” and the “criminal.” Although they are not the same and come from different groups, we soon realize that they are it may not seem that way at first, but as time goes by in their dentition, they all begin to realize they really are not different after all and start to recognize traits they share with each other. The criminal. What defines a criminal is as simple as someone who committed a crime, but committing a crime does not exactly make you a criminal.
Bryan is referred to as “the brains” in The Breakfast Club, because he’s intelligent and participates in academic clubs. He is studious and driven to succeed, but he has low self esteem. His low self esteem makes it more difficult to make himself proud. I relate to him in many ways; I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well in school and I have low self esteem. His parents pressure him to be perfect, which is an impossible standard to reach.
Andy is a wrestler that is also a popular guy that likes to party. He is known as “The athlete” that people don't usually mess with. Allison is the really weird girl in school that doesn't talk much and people don't notice or know much about her. People refer to her as “The basket case”. Lastly, Brian fits into the group of nerds that are good guys and have good home lives.
She begins to care about her appearance, gossip, popularity, and boys and shows that side of her to the school, but behind closed doors, some of Cady's best friends are Janice and Damian which are considered to be losers. Behind closed doors Cady also loves math, is down to earth and does not care about her appearance. Thus, this is Cady's backstage. These two examples tie into Goffman's theory of dramaturgy because in both instances what the characters let out to people is different to what they are behind
This theme is shown through Kevin, as he is tiny for his age, and has a physical disability, but is extremely intelligent. The author portrays this theme on page 54 by having Max say, “‘And anyhow it’s not fair how everybody always says ‘Poor Kevin’ just because he didn’t grow… You can ask him anything and he knows what it means.’” Max knows that even though Kevin is the size of a kindergartener, he is smart enough to be in college. Also, he knows that other people should never judge him on his looks, because on the inside he is so much more. Most people who meet Freak think he can not do anything because he is “disabled”. But, they are wrong, just as Max knows.
What people don't realize is, that a person difference should not hinder them in anyway but be accepted and celebrated. But often time it is easier said than done. Carla was bullied at her second school by a bunch of boys because she was developing in ways that the boys thought was funny and they ridiculed her for it. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” (Eleanor Roosevelt) which Carla gave without trying to stop the boys teasing her by telling the teachers or her parents so that the problem could be fixed. Not only is it difficult to learn a new language but to try to adjust to a new environment as well.
In The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, written by Alexandra Robbins, the reader is expected to connect the lack of individuality of many in high schoolers to the results of the social and biological experiments by Asch and Berns. Throughout the story, Robbins in constantly showing how high schoolers are conforming to peer expectations, despite their own personal interests. Because of a fear of rejection for uniqueness, many high schoolers share the opinions that “I have to be the same as everybody else, or no one will like me.” Personally, I have observed similar experiences. People fear being different. For this reason, everyone wears converses, everyone has Swell bottles, and everyone wears Lokai bracelets.