Dead Poets Society Essay

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The movie Dead Poets Society (1989) tells the story of boy named Neil and his six acquaintances. They all go to a boarding school, which is rigorous and conservative, called Welton academy. In this analysis I will discuss first and foremost the characterization in the film.
John Keating is the new charismatic poetry teacher with unconventional teaching methods he is later referred to as O captain, my captain. He also is an unconventional and inspirational leader who has a lot of influence over the boys and their lives. He puts the term carpe diem in focus, which means seize the day. Neil Perry who is there after his brother that was very popular and smart, he takes what Mr. Keating sais very seriously and he changes allot and gets to develop as a person throughout the story. Todd Anderson is a new pupil, he is surprisingly well received by the others, and he is incredibly shy. Throughout the story Todd finds himself more and more, he becomes less shy and more social. I am delegating him as the main character in the film because he is the only dynamic character Knox Overstreet is a static character in the film he gets more involved in romanticism as his interpretation of the term carpe diem. Charlie Dalton thrives on attention and it seems like he has a "god complex"(he feels he has to be in control of all situations). Charlie wants to be called Nwanda and is later referred to Nwanda in the film. Richard Cameron is everything Mr. Keating is against, he stands for traditions, he betrays the dead poets society and in the end he does not support Mr. Keating to support his academic career. In addition, Gerald Pitts and Steven Meeks who just does and agrees with everything Nwanda and Neil does.
On the start of a new term, the boys gets a new teacher called Mr. Keating. In his first poetry class with the students, he tells all the students to rip out the intro to their poetry book because he means it is rubbish. The reason why he argues that it is rubbish, is because it only focuses on the structure of poetry in a non artistic, mathematical way. Mr. Keating tells the seven boys about a club called the dead poets society. After he sees some interest in poetry from their side. and the boys find out that they are going reestablish the club. Mr. Keating gives the boys some information on where...

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