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"The Breakfast Club" Character Analysis

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Transcript of "The Breakfast Club" Character Analysis

"The Breakfast Club" Character Analysis
Personality/ Personality Theory
What is Personality?
Description of Andrew Clark
Wrestler
High Achiever
Uptight
Kind hearted
Well mannered
Lack of confidence
Pressured
The Five-Factor Theory
Andrew Clark: "The Jock"
An individual’s characteristic pattern of thinking, feeling, and acting.

What is a Personality Theory?
Five core traits that interact to form human personality
The traits include:
Extraversion
Agreeableness
Conscientiousness
Neuroticism/emotional stability
Openness
Analysis w/ Personality Theory
Conscientiousness
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Shows it when the principal asks for his help to prop open the door and he is persistent in his endeavors such as seeking approval of others.

Extraversion
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He is confident, social and describes himself in the popular crowd. Asks Claire if she is going to the party later because that is what "everyone" is doing the weekend. Also he shows his social skills when he confronts Allison about her problems by saying "Want to talk?"

Agreeableness-
Does whatever his authoritative father and coach tells him to do. He does this because he wants others people's approval. Example being what he did to Larry. He felt bad but did it for his father. Doing this, he loses sight of who he is.

Openness-
Andrew is open as he is very confidence talking with everyone in detection with him. He is also open to his family life stating that his father is pushing to do things taht he does not necessary want to do
Analysis w/ Personality Theory Cont...

Emotional Stability-
It is shown by the unsuitability in his emotions because of the pressure put on him by his father pushing him to be the best and to WIN. But he deals with it when he realizes that he doesn't always have to be to the high exception in his fathers eyes.
Erikson's Developmental Stage
Currently in Stage 5 : Identity vs. confusion
Have trouble finding true identity
Andrew is having trouble figuring out what he wants to do with his life because he is stuck in the situation of his demanding father with being number one and want he wants to be. In end of the movie he starts to see his true identity by being friends with everyone in detention that he would not be friends with regularly and also seeing Allison who he would never be associated with.

Work Cited
Keaveney, Kate. (2014 April 3). Personality Theories: Unit 10. AP Psychology. Iselin, NJ.
"Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development." About.com Psychology. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2014.
"Identity Status Theory (Marcia)." Learning Theories RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2014.
An idea or belief as to how we acquired a certain behavior or personality.
Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development
Postconventional (Late adolescence through adulthood)
Stage 5 - Social Contract and Individual Rights
At this stage, people begin to account for the differing values, opinions and beliefs of other people. Rules of law are important for maintaining a society, but members of the society should agree upon these standards.
Stage 6 - Universal Principles
Kohlberg’s final level of moral reasoning is based upon universal ethical principles and abstract reasoning. At this stage, people follow these internalized principles of justice, even if they conflict with laws and rules.
When Andrew reveals the actual reason as to why he's in detention he feels terrible and understands why he was punished. He realizes that he broke the rules and taping a kid's butt together should be against anyone's morals.
Marcia's Identity Statuses
Identity Foreclosure
Adolescents in this stage have not experienced an identity crisis. They tend to conform to the expectations of others regarding their future. These individuals have not explored a range of options.
Andrew follows orders from his coaches, teachers, and especially his father who adds so much pressure on him. He follows whatever order his father gives him and he doesn't experience an identity crisis until the end of the movie when he reveals his frustration and makes new friends.
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