The Breakfast Club

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The Breakfast Club contained a wide variety of communication. Within this essay, the various types of communication and behaviors will be discussed. Key terms will be pointed out and highlighted, as well as described in relation to the examples extracted from the film. The character's included: Brian (brain), Andrew (athlete), John Bender (criminal), Claire (princess), and Allison (basketcase). I will concentrate on two characters through out the film. The first character is John Bender (criminal) and the second character is Claire (princess).

There are seven interpersonal communication skills that took place in the movie. They are the: dynamic process, inescapable, unrepeatable, irreversible, complicated, contextual, and governed by rules. I will be discussing these seven skills in the next few paragraphs.

The dynamic process was shown between Bender and Claire when Bender told Brian to close the door so they could get the prom queen impregnated. She gave him a dirty look, and turned back around. He was expressing the action that he wanted to be done rather then the state of being. After that she told him,"Why don't you shut-up, nobody here is interested." She forced her opinion upon him that no one cares about what he say's. That is what dynamic process is all about.

The second skill is inescapable communication. There are many examples of this through out the beginning of the film. Bender invades Claire's comfort zone many times, which makes her answer back. If she didn't say anything, she would at least give non-verbal cues. In one scene, Claire states that he is just doing this to get a rise out of them, and to ignore him. He starts saying things about her and Andrew. She tried ignoring him but then she answered back,"Go to Hell!" She couldn't escape from communication.

The third skill is unrepeatable. This is a statement that was said by both character's, but could never be repeated again because it was good the first time it was said. Bender was telling Claire, "Well, I'll just ran right out and join the wrestling team." He was using a sarcastic tone that couldn't be quoted. That statement couldn't be said by anyone else, because that is statement of emotions by Bender. Claire answers back, "Only guy's like you knock everything." She is sarcastic and uses criticism which couldn't be repeated by anyone else, because that is her opinion about him. That was a scene using unrepeatable statements.

The fourth skill is irreversible. This means that once communication is spoken it can not be uncreated. The damage is done regardless of what you say. Claire tells him, "Your a big coward." He answers back by saying all of the people involved in the school activities are a** holes. Now they have both said something to hurt each other's feeling's. They cannot change what they have said because it has already been created.

The fifth skill is complicated. The communication process is complicated through out the film. There is one scene when Bender unscrews the door. When the door closes the principal comes in. Bender states, "How are we suppose to know, we are not suppose to move right? Then Claire say's, "We were just sitting here like we're supposed to." They make this scene more complicated for the principal because they do not answer him directly. Both Bender and Claire complicate the situation more.

The sixth skill is contextual. This means that your context changes with the environment. Since both Bender and Claire were at school they were both limited to what they felt comfortable saying. This is shown in the beginning of the movie when Claire asks Bender what his name is. He reverses the question on her and asks for her name. He doesn't feel that the context was appropriate to the environment he was in.

The seventh skill is governed by rules. Governed by rules has been broken many times through out the entire movie. They do not respect each other's privacy, and they criticized each other. Bender...
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