The Breakfast Club is a comic-drama film that entails the nine-hour school detention of five students with entirely different personalities and diverse social backgrounds. In custody, the students are forced to interact with each other, and they seem to get along finally. Although familiar with each other, the five students, namely Claire, Andrew, Brian, Allison, and John, are entirely different from their initial perceptions of each other. All of them deviate from the stereotypical labels on them and show how different they are from their behavior.
Claire is a famous girl of wealthy parents who does not want to get involved with other social classes. Therefore, people consider her as the type that believes money is the only way to achieve success in life. The audience may perceive her as a spoilt rich kid (Inderbitzin et al. 76). Furthermore, at the beginning of the film, Claire blatantly refers to the other students as ‘defectives.’ She claims that it was a mistake to bring her to the detention room with the others. Claire speaks to Andrew only, who belongs to the same social clique as her.
Consequently, among the student in the room is the silent Alison. Alison only opens her mouth to either laugh or offer a defensive assertion. She gives an impression of a mentally disturbed person. It is quite shocking that Alison comes to detention by choice. Furthermore, she wears only black clothes with heavy eye-makeup and poorly done hair. Alison’s dull look means that most people around her ignore her, including her parents. Therefore, she comes to detention. Besides, she does not have friends. Her uncaring attitude shows when she removes meat from her sandwich and throws it on the statue over her shoulder.
Whereas Alison is a crack head, John Bender serves as the troublesome kid from the moment you spot him. He has a domineering character trait and thrives on a rebellious attitude. John wears filthy knee-high boots, long wild hair, black gloves, an old coat, and black glasses, implying that he is a careless person. Perhaps John’s grades do not worry him, and he may at any time drop out of school. He often seems too delighted by his bad-boy status among his friends and feels proud that he has something to his name.
Despite their behavior, the students in detention seem to have masked personalities and perfect examples of deviants. For instance, through his hidden character, John breaks the societal norms (Inderbitzin et al. 76). However, as the students start becoming comfortable, John Bender describes his real self through life experiences. One starts feeling sorry for wrongly labeling John as the bad guy in the film since his parents have been verbally and physically abused him for a long time.
Additionally, John’s parents do not care for him properly, although he is just a high school kid. He is brought up in a household marred with arguments coupled up with hostility. Another vivid description of how Bender’s father burnt him using a cigar makes us shift and start having a newer approach to defining John’s character. Alternatively, he likes Claire, but he is not of her social status.
Claire’s unusual and expensive belongings represent what John Bender has been missing in life. Although they have a love-hate chit-chat in the movie, they defy the odds and start a relationship. The girl seeks guidance and approval from her peers because of her ignorant parents. Even when she gets comfortable, she still seems unsettled and wants to draw attention by impressing her peers and agitates to change her public traits. Seeking approval lands her in trouble as she is forced to skip school and go into a shopping frenzy, thus ending up in detention. Although she was resistant at first, Claire ends up talking to her groupmates as they discuss sexual matters with Brian he was going through (Inderbitzin et al. 50). She further goes ahead to lend some makeup kit to Allison and gives her a make-over to look more ladylike. In the end, each of the students in the detention contributes to divergent points that help them solve problems by expressing their feelings and stories.
Inderbitzin, Michelle, et al. Perspectives on Deviance and Social Control. 1st ed., SAGE Publications, Inc, 2014.