Group Development In The Breakfast Club

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STAGES OF GROUP DEVEOPMENT IN THE BREAKFAST CLUB AND STAND BY ME Every group experiences Tuckman’s five stages of group development: forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. Each group has a specific purpose and goal and tasks to perform in order to fulfill their purpose and succeed at their goal. In addition, the duration in which a group exists can range from a day to several years. It is with this theory in mind that we have decided to compare and contrast the stages of group development of the groups in Stand By Me and The Breakfast Club. Forming The first stage in group development is the forming stage. During this stage, members become familiar with one another, a leader is accepted by the members, and the group’s…show more content…
The group from The Breakfast Club was forced into confinement for a whole day. They did not know each other previously, and most were being punished for whatever they did wrong. In addition, they hardly had anything in common and did not like each other from the start. They thought this Saturday would be the worst of their lives, but it turned out to be one of the most memorable. They complained and fought for the first hour or so but then they began to open up and talk to each other. In Stand By Me, the group members knew each other very well. They were childhood friends and met practically everyday. They were friends who knew each other’s feelings, likes, dislikes, and family situations, and they comforted each other in hard times. They helped each other get through life threatening situations and would not leave each other hanging on a limb. They would do whatever they could for their…show more content…
Each member of the group is upset, and most members are brought together for disciplinary action. An uneasy situation exists from the beginning. Bender, the criminal, is the last to join the group, and he enters the room with a display of power by disrupting the order of their desks. By doing this, he sets the stage for conflict and competition. The principal represents the intergroup conflict because he is also upset, and immediately establishes his power and authority by his harsh opening statements. Before the initial orientation stage of this group’s development, the struggle for power exists between the intra and intergroup, and the us and them is established. The storming stage continues as Bender establishes personal conflicts by introducing the diversity of the group. Specifically, he established Andy as the athlete, Claire as the princess, Brian as the nerd, and Allison as the basket case. It is interesting that Allison does not initially speak and is not included in the development of personal descriptions by Bender; however, she interacts with the group through non-verbal communication and in that way establishes herself. Bender intensifies the conflict by verbally attacking Claire. However, when Claire is attacked by Bender, an emergent leader, Andy, defends her and challenges Bender for his power. The conflict intensifies

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