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The 1985 film directed by John Hughes, The Breakfast Club, is widely regarded as the defining 1980s film for teenagers. It deals with topics such as the harmful and disuniting consequences of stereotyping; teenage rebellion against the hardness of mature hearts; and how the friendships you choose shape the person you become. Two characters in the movie, Claire Standish and Allison Reynolds, are, like others, developed over the duration of the movie as well-rounded, three-dimensional, seemingly contradictory characters. Their respective stereotypes, the Princess and the Basketcase, battle with their authentic personalities but define them by how they allow other people to perceive them , based on their customs of dress and behavior. This essay will examine the methods of characterisation utilized by Hughes to naturally reveal the synthetic and true identities of Claire and Allison in relation to each other and their own masks, knowingly presented. From her very first appearance in the movie, Claire appears to have everything. Her father, who drops her off in the college in his expensive-looking automobile, doesn't look mad or mad about her detention, but only tries to comfort her when she expresses her distress with the situation : "I can't think you can't get me out of this. It's not like I am a defective or anything" To which her dad responds in a sympathetic tone: "Honey, ditching class to go shopping doesn't make you a defective." Straight away we've got the outline of Claire's "Princess" character. A rich, apparently doting dad; a none-too-dedicated mindset to her schoolwork; a hobby for spending money; and a tendency to look down on others. Again, if she is seated at the library with the other detention-goers, she awakens to t.. .