Psychological Themes In The Breakfast Club

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The Breakfast Club is a movie centered on five high school students who meet in Saturday detention. During detention, the students realize that they have more in common than anticipated. The students first bond over their hatred of the teacher in charge. To pass the time, the students disobey the teacher, do drugs and damage school property. However, the rebellion that made The Breakfast Club popular would not have been approved by the Hayes Code. The language and antics of The Breakfast Club violate many aspects of the Hays Code. The Breakfast Club violates both the general principles of the Hayes Code along with particular applications. The Breakfast Club violates the general principles of the Hayes Code because of the primary themes conveyed.…show more content…
The Breakfast Club begins by showing a locker with the word fag on it. This sets the tone for the rest of the profanity to come. All characters’ curse and use vulgar expressions. Bender (Judd Nelson) frequently says God, fuck, and shit. Standish (Molly Ringwald) tells Bender (Judd Nelson) to go to hell after he makes suggestive comments. Bender (Judd Nelson) and Standish (Molly Ringwald) both flip people off. The constant profane language and obscene gestures throughout The Breakfast Club would have violated the Hayes Code. Bender (Judd Nelson) also says a range of vulgar things. He harasses Standish (Molly Ringwald) about her virginity and wants to know about her sex life. Bender (Judd Nelson) also makes implications about Standish (Molly Ringwald) getting pregnant. The nature of Bender’s (Judd Nelson) language would have been depicted as vulgar and would have broken the Hayes Code. Even Andrew Clark (Emilio Estevez) talks about how he tapped a student’s butt together. This graphic description of the student’s butt being tapped would also have been classified as vulgar. Therefore, Andrew Clark’s (Emilio Estevez) conversation would have broken the Hayes Code as
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