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Comparing Perks of Being a Wallflower and Breakfast Club.
In this essay, I will be comparing John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club published in 1985 with Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower of 1999. The Breakfast club aims to highlight what went on in high schools as well as the larger society at the time, by using five unique stereotypes. In the movie, there was the jock: trying to live up to his dad’s and friends’ expectations; the brain, expected to be super-smart; the princess, who always wants to be a part of the popular crowd at school. There was also the criminal who is always negative, pessimistic and causing trouble. Finally, there’s the basket case who was silent the whole time except for the odd break outs. The students meet in detention at school and initially think they have nothing in common since they are from different social cliques. They are instructed to remain quiet while fixed on their chairs. Although they were very much frightened by the authority figure- their vice-principal-they decide to rebel with John as their leader. As the plot unfolds, they eventually open up to each other using various means like talking, dancing, fighting and smoking pot. They come to realize that they, in fact, share a whole lot in common. The movie identifies the various challenges being faced by people including; social pressures to conform, inequality, bullying, instability of families and drugs. Sexuality was considered a “double edged sword” as clearly stated by Allison. If you were still a virgin you were called prude or a slut otherwise. Claire and Brian tried to conceal their virginity on several occasions for fear of being laughed at. It was also really obvious that there were lots of social pressures as suggested by the argument they had concerning their friendship the following Monday, outside of detention. Another important challenge was the longing for parental approval. This is evident in the disclosure of how mistreated, John was at home...
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