Essay on Analysis Of ' Dead Poets Society ' By Peter Weir

797 Words Nov 13th, 2015 4 Pages
The Manipulations of Authority Banksy once said “A lot of parents will do anything for their kids except let them be themselves.” Parents who control and manipulate their children have been a hot topic that is displayed in the world of cinema. The more common films include Romeo and Juliet, The Breakfast Club and Dead Poets Society. Each of the films have contributed a verse to the well-known dilemma of parental control. The film, Dead Poets Society, by Peter Weir, harbors many deep messages, but more noticeably the message indicates that children are powerless against the influence of the adults. Taking place in a private prep school called Welton, the film explores the struggles of self-identity that the adolescents of the 50s face. One of the major themes in this film is the lack of power to fight back against the adults that rule with an iron fist. Neil Perry is the epitome of this theme as seen through his inability to seize the day, running away from his problems, and his need to act. Neil took a chance when he acted upon Mr. Keating’s lesson of Carpe Diem and tried out for A Mid-Summers Night Dream, but only to have his dreams crushed when his dad found out. After performing in the play Mr. Perry told Neil that he was done acting and that he was moving to a new school where he would study hard and become a doctor. Neil was given the chance to tell his father how he really felt, but all he did was stay quiet. Mr. Keating looked right at Neil when he said, “That the…

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