The Breakfast Club – Analyzing the Characters

Created in 1985, The Breakfast Club was well ahead of its time, and is still considered today as one of the most inspiring high school movies ever made. What happens when you place 5 teenagers, all from different social groups, into a single detention room for a day? At first, they hate each-other, and think that they have nothing in common. But as the day goes on, they find out that they are more similar than they originally had thought. The Breakfast Club is an extraordinary film, about how teenagers choose to deal with life’s pressures. Each character is different in their own way, but they all have something in common.

The main character in the movie is John Bender. Upon first glance, he is your average “bad boy”, desperate for social attention at school. This could be due to a lack of attention at home, or physical abuse. As we soon find out, it is the latter in Bender’s case. For Bender, the abuse doesn’t lead to depression, but causes him to create a false world for himself. A world which, if he doesn’t get himself out of, Bender will suffer later in life. The Breakfast Club gets him closer to living in the real world, but it will require even more effort on his part.

Claire Standish is somewhat reserved, seemingly shy about revealing information about herself. She suffers from a strong feeling of insecurity, and can be observed in the way she often lashes out at Bender. She is well off financially, which triggers small feelings of envy in the others. Just like Bender, she feels neglected by her parents, and is unhappy about the way her life is going. Claire’s main problem is her inability to love herself, which can take a long time to learn.

Andrew Clark is your typical athlete on the wrestling team. He seems happy with his life, but has a vendetta with his father which bothers him greatly. Mr. Clark does not care what Andrew wants in life, and just wants to see his son win wrestling matches. Andrew knows this, and the only way to solve a problem of this nature is through confrontation. The day spent at The Breakfast Club will help him build up the courage necessary to face his father.

Brian Johnson is known by his peers as a geek; always getting the best grades, and seemingly headed in the right path. But Brian is constantly pressured by his parents to do well in school, and this backfires upon receiving a bad grade. He suffers from a complete lack of confidence in himself, and is dependent upon the grades he receives to give him motivation. Unfortunately, Brian’s ego can easily be shattered by pressure from his parents/peers. The Breakfast Club showed Brian that others have it much worse than him, which built up his confidence.

Finally, Allison Reynolds is the final character in The Breakfast Club, and she is certainly the most strange. A very silent girl, whom most people cannot figure out. Whenever she talks, it is usually as an act of self defense. Suffering from chronic boredom and loneliness, she is extremely reserved. When Allison throws the contents of her purse on the table for everyone to see, it is an act of desperation to be heard. What she learns from The Breakfast Club, is that there are many people willing to listen.

Each member of The Breakfast Club believed that their own problems were the worst; a common belief among teenagers today. After revealing their souls to each-other, each ‘member’ feels better about themselves, and realizes that he/she has what it takes to face their problems.

Pretty much sums up the point of this post.

You gave us a plot summary of the movie with one sentence that actually went somewhere.

What is the point of this thread really? We all know the movie…hell, those of us who don’t could have looked it up on Wikipedia.

Now I know what teachers/professors feel like when they read papers that are cut and pasted from the internet…no original thought, no discussion, no synthesis of ideas.

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