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The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club, a movie written and directed by John Hughes, is a movie about five teenagers who have to spend a Saturday in detention together. Each member is very different from each other as they all belong in different school cliques and seem have absolutely nothing in common. Their principle assigns an essay where each student must write about who they believe they are and leaves the teenagers alone for a long period of time. As the hours pass the adolescents begin to reveal some secrets and open up to each other. They all discover that they are not so different after all and share the same fear of making the same mistakes as many adults around them. According to author Kim Gale Dolgin, she describes how adolescents form social structures that start to define who they are within their own social world and/ or against the world of adults as well.
During their stay in detention, the five members start to develop friendships, but they seem to believe that after detention is over they will depart back into their original cliques and never speak again. Adolescents go through stages of personal development over their lifespan and the major task that they face is trying to find identity. They are in search for goals, self-understanding, and sense of unity (Dolgin 2011, p.49). As the teenagers begin to move away from their parents, their friends, and peers play a important influential role in the importance of belonging, being included, emotional security, as well as status and reputation with motivating factors. The five students in detention represent five different stereotyped groups.
Claire is the popular girl, Brian is the geek, Andrew is the jock, John is the rebel, and Allison is the loner. The confines of high school status groups are what separate each character into a specific category. Stuck in detention, creates a division where each clique can be set aside. “ Self- concept also implies a developing awareness on a person’s part of who and what he or she is. It describes what individuals see when they look at themselves…” (Dolgin 2011, p. 150). Each student knows that they belong in “different worlds”, but as members of the breakfast club they are allowed to move beyond these social norms and distinctions. They intermingle with one another, learn details of their lives setting aside all the stereotypes, and finding commonalities.