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Personality Analysis on 'The Breakfast Club'

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Released in 1985 and directed by John Hughes ' The Breakfast Club ' is a film about teenagers that seem different on the surface but come to discover otherwise . When five students from different high school cliques are forced to spend their Saturday in detention, the brain, athlete, basket case, princess and the criminal together are faced with the question of who they think they are. The five characters put aside the ir dissimilarities in aid to survive the painful eight hour detention and in the process they discover they aren 't as unalike after all. The Breakfast Club is a n all time classic film that portrays a number of individual and complex personalities. It is visible in the film that each teenager has their own traits and…show more content…
In behavioural theorist B. F. Skinner 's perspective; an individuals personality development is heavily influenced by their environment and prior experiences (Sincero 2012) , he wrote that 'A person does not act upon the world, the work acts upon him ' (Skinner 1971) . Skinner proposed that the development of an individuals personality is largely dependant on the way in which significant adults in their lives would reward or punish then throughout the course of their childhood. (Carter Grivas 2005, p. 407-408) Therefore, children and adolescents raised by abusive and aggressive parents are more inclined to also be come aggressive and hostile towards peers. (Hellesvig-Gaskell n.d) Throughout The Breakfast Club (Hughes 1985) there are multiple scenes that express the negative home life in which Bender is being raised and how it is influencing his personality. In a specific scene Bender imitates a previous heated discussion between him and his father and according to Bender his father called him "stupid, worthless, no good, goddamn, freeloading son of a bitch. Retarded, big mouth, know-it-all, asshole, jerk" then Bender pantomimes getting punched in the face by his father as a result of Bender retaliating. In a behaviourists perspective this would justify Benders aggressive personality and tendency to lash-out and insult the other characters. When comparing Bender to Brian Johnson; the character portrayed as the 'brain ' or the nerd of the group, it
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