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Jill Reilly Ryan Stanley Joe Sery 1:00 Standpoint Theory in The Breakfast Club People view events and communication differently from different social positions in our culture . Different groups have their own unique and different social viewpoints . In the 1985 hit movie The Breakfast Club , there are multiple different social backgrounds, which are represented by different people , forced to be in a single location for Saturday detention at their high school. The standpoint theory gives us proof as to how people will communicate differently with each other based on separate social backgrounds . When we examine different events throughout the movie involving different characters , the idea this theory presents us is obvious. In the movie , there are five people who each come from different social groups within their high school . When each student is sent to Saturday detention with the others and is forced to spend an entire day in the library with people they hardly know , one wonders how these teenagers make it through the day . At this point the research question begins to arise; how do the different stereotypes see communication in their lives and how do they utilize it? Since there are different social classes being represented in one small group , this question can help be answered by using the standpoint theory . Donna R . Pawlowski says that standpoint theory is “used to identify and examine various forms of knowledge , power, and structure in today’s society.”(pg 69) This is made evident through out the entire movie . The students show this by the way they act towards the students of “lower” social groups than theirs . For example, the “prom queen” character looks down upon the “burn out” character because of the structure of the social classes in their high
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school . This way , the “burn out” never voluntarily talks to the “prom queen” because and vice versa because they both feel that they don’t even belong in the same room together or else their
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