Essay about Analysis Of Dead Poets Society By Peter Weir

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A theme is the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, or a person’s thoughts. Be it film, literature, or art, these practices always revolve around themes. In particular, the film Dead Poets Society (Peter Weir) revolves around a potpourri of themes. In comparison, the french poet Baudelaire has written many poems involving plenty of the same topics. Imagination and its power against the social norm is a striking theme in both Weir’s work and Baudelaire’s poem “Windows”. Right through to the end of the film, there are many examples of realism versus idealism. In Baudelaire’s poem “Benediction”, he revolves his writing around the idealism and realism of being a poet. Finally, humanity is a notable theme in the film as well as Baudelaire’s piece “The Denial of Saint Peter.” Although Weir’s and Baudelaire’s works may sometimes suggest disagreement on certain degrees of the given topics, they share the same general idea about each of them. Throughout the whole of the movie, the theme of the power of imagination is largely present. For example, Todd Anderson is a very conformative individual. Rarely does he prove his independence, and instead strictly follows the rules of the academy and his teachers. Mr. Keating brings him to the front of the class and says to Todd, “Close your eyes, close your eyes! Close 'em! Now, describe what you see” (Weir). Keating is challenging Todd to see things for himself, and to show him that the imagination sees far more than the limited…

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