Questions on the Breakfast Club Essay

Option b Roles are like “parts” we play in life, each with a set of expectations specific to that position (rules).

In The Breakfast Club, Mr. Vernon has the role of the Principle. Naturally this means his “rules” include both the explicit (written out and specifically defined) ones such as managing the school’s staff, and creating and carrying out policies and procedures, and the implicit (implied) ones such as trying to guide his students down the right path and leading by example by being respectful and fair to his students.In detention Mr.

Vernon tells the students that they’re not to talk, move from their seats, or sleep, and that they’re expected to write an essay of no less than a thousand words on “who they think they are”. These rules are explicit as he lists them at the very beginning of detention. He also expects the students not to be disrespectful towards him, and to be cooperative and do as he says. These rules are implicit as he never outright says them, but obviously becomes angered when they’re not followed.A role bound relationship is a relationship that never goes beyond what is expected of two people with those specific roles; it does not become more personal or intimate.

The advantage of a role bound relationship is that the rules are, for the most part, clearly defined and fairly static, not prone to changing, so little effort is necessary for knowing how to interact with the others in that relationship. While Mr.Vernon is indeed in a role bound relationship with John Bender (“the criminal”) at first, primarily playing his sub-role as the disciplinarian to John’s role as the rule-breaker, Mr. Vernon violates several key role based rules by getting personally insulting and threatening with John in the closet, forever altering their roles into something more personal and inevitably less role bound. At the point in the movie at which we were asked to stop watching, we didn’t have enough information to conclusively assess whether or not Mr.Vernon was, generally speaking, an effective principal.

He was, however, distinctly lacking in several of the appropriate one-on-one skills for a principal to have and his attitude towards what he viewed as nothing more than bottom-of-the-barrel students was subpar at best. The way he acted towards John when he had him alone was clearly inappropriate. It was most definitely against his job description to be making personal threats against any student, and it was vindictive and underhanded of him to try and goad John into hitting him to et him into even more serious trouble.

In this instance he was doing nothing but inflicting additional harm on an already wounded psyche rather than trying to help guide John back to the path he should be on. This coupled with how he blamed Andrew (“the jock”) for his own failed magazine rack idea both point to a personality that is selfish, impatient, easily threatened, and incapable of making fair decisions, which leads me to guess that he is most likely not an effective principle. Question #2, Option a A Self Concept is how someone views them self, overall.For John Bender, I believe his self concept is that of a lowlife, badass, dude who doesn’t give a damn about much of anything. He doesn’t seem to care what is thought of him when he has his feet up on the table or when he’s grilling Brian (“the brain”) about his virginity; he acts very cocky when tearing the book up and when harassing Claire (“the prom queen”) about whether or not she was sleeping with Andrew; and yet somehow it comes through both in his speech about his parents and in his reaction when confronted by Mr.Vernon that he really doesn’t think too much of himself either. Self Esteem includes the positive and negative evaluations of ourselves.

The very fact that he puts on such a facade, the badass who isn’t bothered by anything and loves to push the limits, points towards the fact that he’s just trying to protect himself emotionally. Even Clair pointed out that people like him only act that way because they’re scared. You can see how wounded he really feels during his outburst about his parents in which he lashes out in anger at his mentally projected father.In the closet the wounded look on his face when Mr. Vernon told him he was basically scum further strengthened my belief that deep down, he really believes all the things his parents and the principle think about him. Since it is known that children who are told negative things about themselves at an early age often come to believe it, and we know from John’s outburst and the cigar burn on his arm that this was likely the case for him, it’s not difficult at all to believe that this was how his low self esteem was developed in the first place.

Odds are it was this constant belittling by them and any negative reinforcement he got from other students and teachers like Mr. Vernon that helped to solidify these beliefs about himself. John’s public self, the one he projects for others to see, as seen through his interactions and persona as a badass, is just that, “the criminal”. His ideal self, the one he really wishes he was, is probably that of the boy who can stand up to his father and scream “f*ck you” back at his father when he’s being degraded.

All that pent up anger that he exhibited during his skit of his home life probably wouldn’t have been quite that forceful if it was really how he reacted at a time like that. His real self, the guy he really is underneath all his masks, shells, and doubts, is actually a pretty good guy whether he normally admits it to himself or not. He tried to get all the others to loosen up and have a little fun as they ran through the halls while Mr. Vernon was out, and then proceeded to make sure only he took the blame for it to protect them.

As previously stated, I think the self that John was projecting during the skit about his parents was his “ideal self”, the man he wishes he was. I sincerely think that if he really stood up to his father like that he wouldn’t have gotten so into the moment and shown so much pent up rage. That would also explain his anger with Andrew for saying he didn’t believe a word of it, and his eagerness to show him the cigar burn before expending his excess energy by climbing the stairwell.I’m not so sure there is such a thing as an “appropriate time” to open up about something so personal, but I don’t think it was an inappropriate time. Where better to open up a little than among other misguided spirits you’ve begun to trust as friends? They’d already proven their willingness to protect him when they helped him lie about the missing screw from the door, showing they felt at least some kinship with him.

Question #3I think three most prevalent personality traits that Allison (“the weirdo”) exhibits are introversion (being more content with solitary activity than in social situations), androgyny (not being overly “feminine” or “masculine”), and high tolerance for ambiguity (being ok with lack of structure and planning). In a way, many of the things she does show all three of these at once. Among them are when she bit her nails loudly in the beginning, a not-particularly feminine activity that right off the bat showed that she truly didn’t care what the others thought of what she was doing.

Another was when she did nothing more than squeak at the principle as she dropped her head on the desk, another strange behavior that she didn’t mind being judged for. She was obviously unwilling to speak for the majority of the time, and only really communicated with Andrew when they went to get drinks. She obviously drew much pleasure from drawing that bridge (or house or whatever it was), and making it “snow” there with her dandruff – a solitary activity which is not exactly feminine and easy to be judged for.Her tolerance for ambiguity is harder to see, but among all the other things she does, I would think her lunch showed that the best.

How, pray tell, would one discover that they liked pixy-stick-captain-crunch sandwiches if they didn’t freely explore random things from time to time? She also seemed to draw much pleasure from their little impromptu game of running through the halls. Basically everything she did showed that she was an independent, free-spirited, (if yet a little strange and troubled) girl. This was written for a college class; do not plagiarize! 🙂