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How are Teenager Stereotypes used to Challenge the Audiences Expectations in 'The Breakfast Club'?

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How are Teenager Stereotypes used to Challenge the Audiences' Expectations in "The Breakfast Club"? By Luke Warner English Essay The "Breakfast Club" is a teenage film made in 1985. It is considered to be one of the best in the genre. The film is about 5 very different students who are in a Saturday detention. The film is notable for its moral: "we found out that each one of us is a brain, an athlete, a princess, a criminal and a basket-case". This statement means that we are all the same, and stereotypes are an unfair way to judge people. This essay shall investigate the change of the characters throughout the film. The story revolves around 5 very different characters: Brian "the Brain", Andy "the Jock", Bender "the Criminal", Claire "the Princess" and Allison "the Kook". Brian is the stereotypical "geek" and the nicest of the characters. In the beginning the audience sees him arrive in an inexpensive, old, and cramped car. The mis-en-scene helps us concur that he is poor. In a brief conversation with his mother, we realise that he has never been in detention, and is well behaved. ...read more.

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Andy says: "I feel like my dad was disappointed in me for never pulling any stupid pranks, and not being 'cool'". He also says that his father pressures him into doing wrestling and sports, and he believes that he has to come first in everything. At the end of the film he steps across the social divide by shows his feelings for Allison. We realise that he is not a Jock; he is really the same as everyone else. Claire "the Princess" arrives in an expensive BMW with her father. We know why she is in the detention straight away during a conversation with her dad (she went shopping instead of going to class). We know that she is spoilt because she states "Can't you get me out of this one, Daddy?" and he replies "I'm sorry sweetheart, I'll make it up to you". He is not angry whatsoever, and we can see that he does everything his daughter tells him to. She is wearing diamond earrings, expensive, smart clothes and has a costly haircut. Later in the film she is very hostile to Bender because he makes fun of her, but she is friendly to the rest of the characters. ...read more.

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who is supervising the students. He also has a big hatred of Andy and Claire. In one point of the film Mr Vern locks him in the Janitor's closet and proves to him that he is not as tough as he thinks. Later in the film he says that he is from a very rough and poor family. His parents also ignore him. At the end of the film he accepts his feelings for Claire, even though she represents everything he hates. He tries to act tough, but we realise that he too, is just like the rest of the characters. All of the characters bond together by the end of the film and they realise that they are all the same. The moral of the story is very important and will affect everyone forever. In the end Brian writes: "You see us as you want to see us, in the most simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out was that each one of us is a Brain, and an Athlete, and a Basket-case, a Princess and a Criminal". We learn after watching this film, that stereotypes are inaccurate and unfair. Stereotyping can also trap one, putting them in positions they hate. This film ultimately proves that the differences between us are much smaller than we think. ...read more.

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