Student Essay

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October 18, 2013 The story involves five students at Shermer High School, as they report for Saturday detention on March 24, 1984. While not complete strangers, the five are all from different cliques or social groups: John Bender (Judd Nelson) "The Criminal"; Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald) "The Princess"; Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall) "The Brain"; Andy Clark (Emilio Estévez) "The Athlete"; and Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) "The Basket Case". The school's disciplinary principal, Mr. Vernon, gives them all an assignment; they will write an essay about "who you think you are" and the violations they committed to end up in Saturday detention. The Breakfast Club film contained a wide variety of behavior and stereotypes, that there is no group dynamics at this point. There is no cohesion, no communication and interaction and no social interactions. Just different cultures brought together for one reason or another. Each person had their own personality and taste at the beginning of the film. I believe that communication played the biggest part in the movie. It shows the way that people from totally different backgrounds can communicate and even agree on issues. The film started out with a communication climate that was both tense and without verbal communication. Principal Richard Vernon, acted by Paul Gleason, comes into the library and tells the five students about their 1,000 word essay assignment. He asks them if they have any questions and Bender replies, “Yeah. Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?” Bender decides they can’t have any fun with the library door open, so he pulls the screw out of the door and it slams shut. Vernon catches on and asks Andrew to help him prop open the door. He puts a folding metal chair against the door, but the door slams shut, sending it sliding across the floor. Then he has Andrew place a magazine

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