Changes in John Hughes Film The Breakfast Club Essay

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Nothing survives the span of time like coming of age and growing pains. It’s something every teen must endure to enter into the “real world” and claim their place in adult society. It doesn’t matter if one believes themselves to be upper class or lower class, popular or unpopular; every teen experiences the difficulty of growing up, and the struggle to triumph over high school. Though many try to rush this process some are in no hurry to join the ranks of adulthood and walk down the inevitable path that leads to becoming one’s parents. Because at one time or another most have exclaimed, “I will never be like my parents”. This is the underlying theme that binds together the characters in John Hughes’s film “The Breakfast
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The main setting is in the library where the five students are serving an all day detention commencing at 7:00 on a Saturday morning.
The movie begins with the iconic song, “Don’t You (forget about me)” by the Simple Minds, playing in the background, as a quote from David Bowie’s song, “Changes” appears center screen. “And these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultation. They’re quite aware of what they’re going through”(Bowie 1971). After a 10 second still shot focused on the quote, the scene is blown out in a glass shatter effect to a still shot of the front of the high school. Symbols are displayed as random still shots which serve to “introduce” each of the characters as Brian reads, Dear Mr. Vernon: We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was that we did wrong. What we did was wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us…in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain,(as a still shot of the computer classroom is shown) an athlete, (still of the locker room) a basket case, (still shot of the guidance counselor’s desk) a princess, (still shot of a poster “Vote For Your Prom Queen” in the hall) and a criminal (still shot of Bender’s locker which reads, “open this locker and die”).
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