A 100 Word Analysis (The Breakfast Club)

A film which creatively combines individual psychological issues with social concerns. Let’s briefly talk about narrative, sequence of events and ending/dominant discourse.


The Breakfast Club deals with a number of social concerns. These include stereotyping, class inequality, bullying, and social pressures to perform. It follows a basic structural pattern, which is what social theorist Tzvetan Todorov calls ‘a narrative movement between two equilibriums.’

This is a story told from the point of view of equally relevant teen-aged protagonists. Their psychological transformation throughout the film is evident as they break down barriers of adolescent social conformity; they enter in ignorance and leave enlightened. Brian, at the end of the film, delivers the dominant discourse in the form of narration before the credits begin to roll. This is one of what you see is not necessarily what you get.


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