Cliques In The Breakfast Club
stop themselves from getting to know other people and preventing great friendships and knowledge. The Breakfast Club shows that these people, who believe they are very different, are actually very similar.
On one end of the spectrum we have Claire, the ‘princess’, who is stuck in detention for skipping class to go shopping and on the other end, we have John, the criminal, where being in detention was not out of the ordinary. In between, we have Brian the brain, the athletic Andrew, and Allison the ‘basket case’. These are five students, where in regular circumstances would not even acknowledge each other. Claire, in an important sequence of the movie, says as much by stating,
“Oh, be honest, Andy... if Brian came walking up to you in the hall on Monday, what would you do? I mean picture this, you're there with all the sports.”
John Hughes uses this scene to present just how important the high school class system is among students, with the fear of not fitting in with those ‘like them’, as Claire finishes her statement,
“I know exactly what you'd do, you'd say hi to him and when he left you'd cut him all up so your friends wouldn't think you really liked him!”
Detention for the Breakfast Club was one of the most important events in their high school career, because it taught them what a book or teacher cannot; that underneath, we’re all the same, despite who we try to be and what our ‘clique’ might be. Those eight hours in detention, showed these five students that they…