Essay on Social Cliques in The Breakfast Club by Eric Berne

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Social Cliques in The Breakfast Club by Eric Berne “Jock”, “prep”, “gangster”, “loser”, “geek”, “criminal”, “ popular”, are just a few labels of teenagers that are used everyday by outsiders who judge them without looking skin deep. In the matter of stereotyping, some may perceive it as being the base of an identity in the view of society. Eric Berne, an author and psychologist, wrote an article, “Can People Be Judged by Their Appearance?”, where stereotyping is categorized and used as a positive view. As opposed to the film The Breakfast Club, written by John Hughes, that creates a more negative input on stereotyping. Berne’s uses a theory of basic human types as an example of a scientific subject made for nonscientists, where in…show more content…
In his article “Can People Be Judged by Their Appearance?” Berne classifies three different types of “morphs,” that describe ones body build, whether an endomorph, (inside,) a mesomorph (middle,) or an ectomorph (outside,) which portrays individuals in a descriptive “type” of person they are. Berne presents a Viscerotonic Endomorph, which describes a rather short, thick, smooth, bald, easy going man, who for enjoyment attends banquets, takes baths, and sleeps. The Somatotonic Mesomorph is described as being a muscular, rugged, tan, firm, adventurous man, who for enjoyment loves to exercise and master those around him for a good time. Lastly the Cerebrotonic Ectomorph, a man who is a long, thin, pale, dry, absent minded man, who doesn’t fancy moving around much and would rather sit quietly by themselves and keep out of difficulties. Berne reflects these special cases not as being something to judge or discriminate another human by, but uses them as an advocate to the human mind if encountering a struggle within itself or the world surrounding it, partially determined by the category their characteristics label them as. The article puts readers in a position of analyzing themselves and realizing how others may perceive them to be in society, as well as contributes

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