It is apparent that my psychoanalytical research of The Breakfast Club reveals each character's persona in school is not who they actually are. The walls that they came into detention with that Saturday came toppling down Brian’s pencil and onto a piece of paper in the shape of a letter to Mr.Vernon explaining that they are more than the stereotypes that he sees them as. The five students entered Sherman High School as a jock, a princess, a basket case, a brain, and a criminal, but they left as friends bonded by the fact that they are not alone in this world.
I mean picture this you’re there with all the sports. I know exactly what you’d do: you’d say hi to him and when he left you’d cut him all up so your friends wouldn’t think you really like him!” (Hughes 1985). The speaker of that particular quote was Claire and she makes a good point, no matter how close the kids became during their time in detention it was going to be hard for them if they wished to remain friends in the real high school
Neo, of course, is our hero of the story. He joins the war against the agents who patrol and partially control the matrix to free the world from the A.I. computers. Neo is a strong-willed young man who develops into a hardcore gun-wielding butt-kicker by the end of the movie. His language and look throughout the movie suggest just how reluctant he was in the beginning, and how all this changed by the end.
The movie The Breakfast Club is a perfect example of peer relationships in the adolescent society. It shows the viewer some of the main stereotypes of students in high school you have a jock, a nerd, the weirdo, a rebel, and a prep. Over the course of a Saturday detention the different types of peers learn a lot about one another by hearing what each one has done to get into Saturday detention as well as why they chose to do it. The first character that intrigued me, probably because I could relate to him the most was Andrew, the "jock." A jock is the group of people that are athletically inclined and are usually part of a sports team.
The Breakfast Club Five teenagers who don't' know each other spend a Saturday in detention at the suburban school library. At first they squirm, fret and pick on each other. Then after sampling some marijuana, a real encounter session gets underway. The stresses and strains of adolescence have turned their inner lives into a minefield of disappointment, anger and despair. The catalyst of the group is Bender (Judd Nelson), a rebellious working-class punk who seethes with rage and attacks his peers with sarcasm.
Yet, it is a very important part of the transition to adulthood. As it is seen in The Breakfast Club, when “the brain,” Brian, receives an ‘F’ on one of his shop assignments. The entire reason that he is in detention is because he brought a flare gun to school and it was discovered in his locker. He quotes, “I can't have an F, I can't have it and I know my parents can't have it. Even if I aced the rest of the semester, I'm still only a B.
In the movie, “The Breakfast Club”, five young adults are portrayed to a tee, representing a cross cultural view of the teens attending high school in suburban Chicago in 1985. The year in which the movie is set is immaterial, because the game is the same, whether it is 1955 or 1995. The opening scene of this “classic” movie shows the five students arriving to school at approximately seven thirty in the morning, Saturday, to serve their punishment, the dreaded Saturday detention that many of us had to submit to. This grievous application of student torture was utilized by school administrators to punish, reform and deter schoolboys and schoolgirls from breaking any rules and regulations. The scene is narrated by the brain of the group, the know it all, dorky, goofy, nerd whose idea of fun was to grow fungus and compete in the academic decathlon.
“At school where every teacher was a potential spy, I tried to avoid an S sound whenever possible….After a few weeks of what she called ‘endless pestering’ and what I called ‘repeated badgering,’ my mother bought me a pocket thesaurus which provided me with s free alternatives to just about everything.” (Sedaris 11) David Sedaris referred to his teachers as “agents” and “spies” to add a humorous side of something he disliked. He did everything in his power to avoid using S which frustrated his teachers, but gave the audience a laugh. Sedaris was extremely insecure about his lisp so he felt the need to go to the extremes to cover up his differences. The pressure from his speech therapist and teacher was so extreme that he became
Here Peterson reveals the psychic discomfort he feels over his previous actions, and his mother reveals that despite her son’s wrong doings she forgave her son and others should too. He strategically plants the seed of thought in these young individuals’ minds so they have the power to change the system as it is when they enter the job force. He tells the students in light of the recent shootings at Virginia Tech, the admissions office opened the door for him. There were several security precautions made by the campus police department and counseling centers but all the same they gave this young man an opportunity to succeed. He closes telling the students, if a great university such as VT can allow passage to someone with his rap sheet than the possibilities are endless for future generations of ex-offenders if other officials, employers and citizens follow in suite.
For example, when John first comes to the class, he kicks Brian off his chair, and then he uses ignominious words to insult Claire. He takes the hinge off the door to make it is unable to open and it makes him get the trouble with the vice-principal. He takes control of the situation from the very beginning. If it is not for the fact that John is somewhat aware of his own identity, the five students may have never even spoken to each other. John Bender questions his other peers about things that make them a bit uncomfortable to question their own identity.