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Flury 1Elyse FluryProfessor McClureEnglish 10212 June 2018The Breakfast Club: Stereotypes in Their Natural StateThe Breakfast Club is a classically American movie. The movie has five main characters, introduced as their respective stereotype rather than by their names: a brain, an athlete, a princess, a basket case, and a criminal. Within the film, each of the five main charactersrepresent a different stereotype and the film clearly demonstrates how these stereotypes react to one another and they realize that they are not as different from one another as they first thought. The criminal is quick to break the rules set in place by the principle, Mr. Vernon, who represents the older generation, which is not unexpected of him. The brain is the first person to attempt to impress Mr. Vernon and formally explain to him that he does not intend on returning to detention. The basket case stays silent in the background, while the princess and the athlete brag about their popularity. The stereotypes of the characters are made out to be very clearly stated and easy to understand without taking the personality of each character away. Despite the clear labeling of each character, the viewer is still able to see them as people instead of an object in a metaphor because of the relatability of the characters. First, the background information of the movie, its writer, and the actors and actresses will be covered. Then each of the stereotypes will be analyzed followed by the ways in which they react with each other, providing examples of how the stereotypes act in their natural state. Then, this essay will cover a close reading of a turning point in the movie, referred to as the “circle scene”, in which the character realize that they are not as different as they thought they were in the beginning of detention. Next, the counter arguments will be discussed. These counter
Flury 2arguments are not necessarily arguing against the existence of stereotypes, but more arguing that the movie should not be receiving the amount of praise and attention that is it. Next, the lessons of this movie will be analyzed and proven important to today’s world. Although the film was released over 33 years ago, there are still many lessons taught in The Breakfast Club the people of the world could benefit from learning.The film The Breakfast Clubwas released in 1985 and was written by John Hughes. Hughes was a wildly famous film writer in the 80’s and is still though of as a cinematic genius today. Hughes was author to over 45 different pieces of work, including Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, and Home Alone.His most famous of the many being The Breakfast Club. Starring in the famous film was Anthony Michael Hall as Brian, Moll Ringwald as Claire, Ally Sheedy as Allison, Emilio Estevez as Andy, and Judd Nelson as Bender. The movie opens with a monologue of a letter, written by Brian to Mr. Vernon (the principle), which introduces each character as their respective stereotypes.

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