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Overview of Andy's Character in "Breakfast Club"

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Andrew, in my opinion is the “Fighter-Controller” of the group. On the outside Andrew appears to be a typical high school athlete. He does well in school and sports and is considered to be a high achiever. He portrays confidence and importance with his actions and words, often mentioning that he is popular and brags about his success as a wrestler.
Andrew exhibited a tough and mean exterior. Driven by his father and coach to succeed and “not lose his ride”, (scholarship) he finds himself taking orders and not actually doing his own thinking. “Andrew! You've got to be number one! I won't tolerate any losers in this family! Your intensity is for shit! Win! Win! Win!” When in a position to make a decision and to think for himself, he struggles in making a choice. He became defensive when asked questions he was uncomfortable with and said things like, “you ask me one more question and I’m beating the shit out of you”.
His efforts are spent trying to please his father against his own wishes. “You know, sometimes I wish my knee would give. And I wouldn't be able to wrestle anymore. And he could forget all about me”. In fact, the reason he is in Saturday school is because he bullied a weaker kid to show his dad that he could “cut loose” on somebody. His Father looked down upon “weak” people, which is probably the reason for the aggression that Andrew displays when confronted or not sure of something. He tried to dominate the group and constantly gave orders and attempted to make rules for others to follow. When faced with opposition from other males, Andy would threaten them with violence and at one point got in a scuffle with Bender. "If I lose my temper, your totaled man!" He was verbally abusive to anyone that disagreed with, or challenge him.
Throughout the movie Andrew tried to control situations and others in the group in an attempt to establish self-confidence, but he wasn’t all bad. He often would defend Claire and Bryan, but would do it by verbally attacking the initiator. Andy showed remorse when he talked about the reason he was in the detention. He couldn’t imagine the humiliation that the boy had to endure in telling his dad what had been done to him.

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