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The Breakfast Club - Sociology Assignment

Defining the characteristics and personality developments of Allison Reynolds and Brian Johnson through agents of socialization and theories.

Lenora Huynh

on 16 June 2013

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By: Lenora Huynh
Allison Reynolds
Main Personality Traits:
- Recluse
- Mysterious
- Strange
- Desperate
- Reserved
- Quiet
Stereotypes & Labels:
- Outcast
- Basket case
- Loner
- Weird
Family & Peer Groups
Agents of Socialization:
Family is the most important agent of socialization, it is primary. Since Allison doesn't receive much love and affection at home, she most likely feels that she will not receive any around peers as well, even if she tries. This causes her to have severe loneliness, chronic boredom and leads her to turning herself away from socializing in general. By doing so, her levels of sadness increases in her life all due to feeling that her "home life is unsatisfying" (The Breakfast). Although she is silent, the moment she does speak, she spurs out words of self defense:
"I don't have to runaway and live in the street. I can runaway and I can go to the ocean, I can go to the country, I can go to the mountains. I could go to Israel, Africa, Afghanistan" (The Breakfast).
With the lack of attention she gets, her mind percolates with fixated ideas that people would not listen to her. This is why she is reserved as the ones who are supposed to listen, don't. The most evident moment that Allison displayed her desperate feelings of being heard is when Andrew tried to help:
"Okay, fine, but I didn't dump my purse out on the couch and invite everyone into my problems" (The Breakfast).

Main Personality Traits:
- Intelligent
- Well spoken
- Polite
- Academically involved/enthusiastic

Stereotypes & Labels
- The brain
- Geek
- Dork
- Unpopular
- Lame
- Loyal
- Obediant
Agents of Socialization
Family, School, & Peer Groups
Brian Johnson is a character who is perceived as an intelligent individual who is "a parent’s wet dream" (The Breakfast). In reality, Brian isn’t happy and feels pressured to do well in school in order to make his parents happy or proud of him. School is always a main priority and that is what his parents always pushes on him with the importance of education. He must pay respect to them as authorities, be obedient and do as they say to be a good student as well as a good son.
At a moment where everything is backfired, his ego shattered as he knew he was going to be a disappointment to his parents:
"I can't have an F, I can't have it and I know my parents can't have it. Even if I aced the rest of the semester, I'm still only a B. And everything's ruined for me" (The Breakfast).
Since he lacked an immense amount of self confidence, he was pushed to the limit and considered suicide. Brian felt like he had nothing more to depend on in his life:
"Brian: Fuck! So I considered my options, you know?
Claire: No! Killing yourself is not an option!" (The Breakfast).
Brian is also somebody who would want to fit in with anybody. He wants to be accepted and that is why he feared the Breakfast Club would split apart.

ID: Brian's id pushed him to the limit of being sane. Since he became depressed, his id gave him the urge of getting a hand gun in order to commit suicide. Brian's id is the main reason why he got into detention. It was the drive to kill and the desire to have done well on a simple project.

EGO: This is the rational and intellectual part of Brian, where his well known intelligence comes to play. He often is the one who tries to break up the fights within people during the detention.

SUPEREGO: With the guidance and influences of his parents, Brian's superego develops a fixated idea that he must be perfect in order to be accepted into society and not only society, but his parents as well. Education is most important.
Nature vs. Nurture
Allison has little experience with nurture, meaning she has a lack of innate experience and therefore, learns and develops her character and conduct through person experiences within the world. Since her parents often ignore her, she has not learned how to love herself. With an inability to love oneself, she feels the need to be listened to and craves for the attention she deserves. This is why she steals to create a mentality for others in thinking that she will one day run away. She learns through her own experience at the Breakfast club that she isn't the only one with an unsatisfying home life and parent-relationship conflicts.

Haskings-Winner, Jan, and Rachel Collishaw. Social Science:

An Introduction. Toronto, ON: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2011. Print.
The Breakfast Club. Dir. John Hughes. Perf. Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson,
Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald. Universal Studios, 1985. DVD.

(The Breakfast)
"All Characters of The Breakfast Club and Labels."
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"Black and White Picture of The Breakfast Club."
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"Allison Pointing Her Finger and Pen in Her Mouth."
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"Allison With a Fur Hood On Her Head."
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"Allison Staring off Sadly."
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"Three Pictures of Brian in Sun Glasses."
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"Like, excuse me for being a virgin."
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"When you grow up, your heart dies."
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"The Breakfast Club's Letter to Mr. Vernon."
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"Andrew Clark: What do they do to you?
Allison Reynolds: They ignore me.
Andrew Clark: Yeah... yeah" (The Breakfast)
"Andrew Clark: Okay, fine, but I didn't dump my purse out on the couch and invite everyone into my problems" (The Breakfast).

"Brian Johnson: Andy, want to get in on this? Allison says she wants to run away because her home life is unsatisfying.
Andrew Clark: Everyone's home life is unsatisfying. If it wasn't, people would live with their parents forever" (The Breakfast).
"Andrew Clark: Wait a minute. Either you really want to run away or you want people to think you want to" (The Breakfast).
"Brian's mom: Now is this the first time or the last time you do this to me?
Brian Johnson: Last.
Brian's mom: Now get in there and use the time to your advantage.
Brian Johnson: Mom, we're not supposed to study, we just have to sit there and do nothing.
Brian's mom: Well mister, you figure out a way to study" (The Breakfast).

"Brian Johnson: I don't understand what? You think I don't understand pressure, Claire? Well fuck you! Fuck you! [Brian breaks down and begins to cry.] Know why I'm here today? Do you?! I'm here because Mr. Ryan found a gun in the locker" (The Breakfast).
"It's like me, you know, with my grades. Like, when I, when I step outside myself kinda, and when I, when I look in at myself you know? And I see me and I don't like what I see, I really don't" (The Breakfast)
Brian Johnson: I'm in the math club.
Claire Standish: See, you're afraid that they won't take you, you don't belong, so you have to just dump all over it.
John Bender: Well, it wouldn't have anything to do with you activities people being assholes, now would it?
Claire Standish: Well, you wouldn't know, you don't even know any of us.
John Bender: Well, I don't know any lepers, but I'm not going to run out and join one of their fucking clubs.
Andrew Clark: Hey. Let's watch the mouth, huh?
Brian Johnson: I'm in the physics club too.
John Bender: Excuse me a sec. What are you babbling about?" (The Breakfast).
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