The Breakfast Club Analysis

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In the 1985 film, The Breakfast Club, five high school students must spend their Saturday together in detention. Each of the teens is in detention for a different reason. They are each very different. There is the Jock, the Princess, the Brain, the Basket Case, and the Criminal, though they must put aside their differences to survive their grueling eight hour detention with their psychotic and impulsive principal Mr. Vernon. During detention the students were supposed to write and essay, assigned by Mr. Vernon, in 1,000 words on who they “really” are. Throughout the day, their actions reveal their deepest struggles involving their own cliques and home lives. As the film proceeds,it is found out the actual reason each teen is in detention. This all builds up in a climactic discussion about who they really are, which ironically answers the essay none of them were going to write (except Brian). In the end, Brian is manipulated into writing a group essay for everyone in which he gives each person their defining nickname. Even though each student represents a different clique, they together form The Breakfast Club.

Brian Johnson, the nerd, is subjected to many stereotypes throughout the film. For example, he has a balanced nutritional lunch and Bender,the criminal, associates this with him being the perfect nerdy child who has a loving mother who packs his lunches for him. It was also simply assumed that because Brian was the “brain” that he would write the essay for
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