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Compare and contrast how teenagers are represented in "The Breakfast Club" and "Rebel without a Cause" Teenage representation in "The Breakfast Club" and "Rebel without a Cause" has many similarities and differences. I am going to focus, comment on, analyse, and compare the beginning of each film, which is when the main characters are introduced. The introductions to both films are very similar. They both start off by introducing the main characters individually, revealing their backgrounds and in some cases revealing their families. In "Rebel without a Cause", the teenagers are introduced in the police station which gives the audience the impression that they are rebellious, and in "The Breakfast Club" they are introduced at the school. Although the school makes the teenagers seem less rebellious than the teenagers in rebel without a cause, it is all revealed when the audience find out that they are actually there on a Saturday for a detention. A high school is a typical place for a teen movie to be set because all teenagers watching the film can relate to it; it is something that they can compare to their lives. ...read more.


In "The Breakfast Club", another example is that John Bender and Andrew both fancy her, and being popular with the boys is another feature of "the princess". The rebel is identifiable by his actions. He is usually always breaking rules and being mean to people. This is shown in both films; in "The Breakfast Club", it features when John Bender is smoking Marijuana, and when he is constantly rude to the teacher. He is not very nice to the other people in his detention either. In "Rebel without a Cause", it is shown when Jim is hiding from the police, in the planetarium. In rebel without a cause, teenagers are represented more as trouble makers, and people who are separate from the human race. "It's just the age where nothing fits". Music played a very big part in "The Breakfast Club". The director, John Hughes, used music which was very popular at that time to interest and attracts the teenagers of that generation. Teenagers in "Rebel without a Cause" appear to be more serious than the teenagers in "The Breakfast Club". ...read more.


In "Rebel without a Cause", there was gun possession and there were knife fights. All this evidence shows that the playwrights were trying to show the teenagers as rebels. Love is something that both films have in their storyline. They are the typical "two's company three's a crowd" scenario. In the breakfast club, John Bender and Andrew Clark were both in love with Claire, and in "Rebel without a Cause", Jim Stark and Judy's boyfriend were both in love with Judy. As could be expected, this causes friction within the groups. When Judy's boyfriend saw Jim looking at her in "Rebel without a Cause", in a jealous rage, he slashed Jim's car tyre, then they had a knife fight. In the breakfast club, Andrew and bender had an altercation and Andrew wrestled bender to the floor. I believe this was to show off to Claire and try to win her heart. In conclusion, I think both films, feature very similar stereotypes, but the way the directors chose to represent them was very different. ?? ?? ?? ?? Patrick Doyle Sunday, 19 April 2009 1 From The Breakfast club 2 From "Rebel without a Cause" ...read more.

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** This essay offers up some good textual evidence to support the candidate's ideas about representation of youth. However, the essay structure is poor and needs revisiting. The analysis of representation is underdeveloped in places.

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