The Nonverbal Club
The Breakfast Club is such an interesting movie to use with this topic. The wide range of characters allows for a variety of different interactions. The way we are going to approach this, is to look at each character and examine the different interactions between.
Let us first start off with some good examples of Physical Appearances and Artifacts, or the personal objects we use to announce our identities, interests and backgrounds. Our appearance includes everything from our body type to our hair style to our skin color to eye color to height. (Orbe & Bruess, 2005) We have five characters, all representing a possible cliques in high school. We have Andy, the clean cut jock; neat blonde hair, plain blue sweatshirt, plain white t-shirt, blue jeans and sneakers. This says that he is probably a good student, the lack of crazy designs says he is non-confrontational, his letterman jacket says he plays sports. Claire is an innocent young girl, as represented by her pink blouse, soft features and red hair. She is slightly more upper class, shown with a small white scarf around her neck. Bender’s jean jacket, flannel shirt, long hair and scuffed jeans and boots tell us that he is a rebel of sorts. He doesn’t feel he fits into society, so he separates himself using his clothes as a buffer. Brian on the other hand, has a plain green sweatshirt and jeans on. This expresses that he is timid, non-confrontational as we concluded about Andy’s plain clothing. Lastly we have Allison. She wears a parka in class. This is very interesting, it speaks to her desire to be separated from the rest of society, as with Bender, she uses her clothing as a buffer against people.
The Artifacts are very interesting in and of themselves. Allison’s purse is a very fascinating example, they actually bring it up in the film. Brian decides she collects things, and behaves the way she does so people think that she’s going to run away. She does this because
Cited: Hughes, J. (Director). (1985). The Breakfast Club [Motion Picture]. Orbe & Bruess. (2005). Interpersonal Communication. Los Angeles, California: Roxbury Publishing Company.