Identity In Bruce Dawe's The Breakfast Club

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Identity is an individual’s unique character which has been formulated by a myriad of influences, such as cultural, parental and social ideologies and experiences. Americanised by Bruce Dawe and The Breakfast Club, directed by John Hughs are two examples of this. Each of these texts express to the audience the large significance external forces can have on a less powerful individual, when trying to develop a sense of self. As well as focusing much attention on cultural imperialism in Americanised and typical high-school stereotypes, in The Breakfast Club. The poem Americanised by Bruce Daw explores the negative effects of cultural imperialism and excessive parental influence, on an individuals identity reinforcing how external forces can…show more content…
Sensory imagery is utilised to emphasise the boy’s isolation as he’s mother has alienated him from any other force that could influence his identity path. She believes that the “streets are full with nasty cars and men”, the exaggeration of this highlights the over-powering force she has on her son & the negative impact of zealous parental control. This also reinforces the idea of cultural imperialism; and how our love of America, like the love of the son to his mother, restricts Australia’s influences from other countries. Similar to Americanised, The Breakfast Club, directed by John Hughes presents characters which represent the pressure on adolescences when trying to find a sense of self when faced with impinging parental influences and social values. Hugh’s presents a group of five high school teenagers who share nothing in common but are forced to spend a Saturday detention together in their high school library. The director explores identities stereotyped as a jock, brain, criminal, princess and basket-case but the characters and audience discover the misinterpretations and limitations placed upon
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