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The Character Of Allison Reynolds Fit The Stereotype Of A Basket Case

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In The Breakfast Club, the character of Allison Reynolds is known as the basket-case. Dose the director John Hughes agree that the character of Allison Reynolds fits the stereotype of a basket-case, or is Hughes challenging that Allison might not fit into the stereotype at all? Throughout the film, the character of Allison dose and says things that might make her seem like a basket-case to the viewers,however,someone paying attention to the little details will notice something different about Allison Reynolds aka the basket-case. We are first introduced to Allison in the beginning, when she is dropped off by her father, who seems to speed away without saying goodbye. Allison is shown wearing all black and an oversized brown jacket. She then begins walking in to the school. Allison is the last out of the breakfast club to enter the library. She heads all the way to the back, and faces the opposite direction. When assistant principal Vernon walks in, she ignores him. Allison begins chewing on her nails loudly, and all of them turn to watch her. Bender looks at her for a moment before saying "if you keep eating your hand you won't be hungry for lunch."[Breakfast Club].She responds by spitting her nails at him. He then says, "I've seen you before, ya know." .When Bender takes the screw out of the door, Allison is also watching him with the others. Assistant Principal Vernon walks in once more, questioning them about why it's closed. When he asks 'Who closed that door?' Allison squeals and bangs her head against the desk. Bender says to Vernon "she doesn't talk. When the door is closed, Allison passes the time by wrapping a string around her finger, to make it purple. Reynolds then passes time by drawing a picture of a bridge. Allison begins scratching her head, so her dandruff would fall on the paper to make it look like it was snowing.
Later when everyone is sitting at the tables, and Claire is complaining about how her parents. Once Claire finishes, Allison says her first words in the movie, yelling "HA!" They all look at her, shocked. Claire tells her to shut up. After Bender and Andrew fight, and Bender takes out a knife and sticks it into the table at which Allison is sitting, she reaches over and grabs it. Reynolds is picked along with Andrew to get the soft drinks in the teachers’ lounge. When walking with Andrew, he asks "what's your poison." Allison does not reply, when Andrew gives up, she says "Vodka." He then asks when she drinks, and Allison answers "Whenever." Andrew questions, "How much?" Allison says "Tons". Andrew asks her if that's why she's here today, and she says no. He then asked why she is, and she responds "Why are you?”. Andrew replies how his father and wrestling coach believe it would be good for him. She does not believe him, telling him to tell her why he's really in here. He says forget it, and the two return to the library. During lunch time, Bender throws her a Cola, and without even looking, she catches it.
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