Dead Poets Society By Peter Weir Essay

1277 Words Dec 18th, 2014 6 Pages
In the movie Dead Poets Society, directed by Peter Weir, a teacher teaches his students to seize the day. John Keating is the new English teacher in the ultra-conservative and prestigious school Welton Academy, where he educates his students on transcendentalist values through outlooks like poetry. Some of the students, including the timid and weak-willed Todd Anderson, his roommate and aspiring actor Neil Perry, a rebellious yet witty boy named Charlie “Nuwanda” Dalton, and, a boy madly in love with a girl in a public school, Knox Overstreet, are greatly influenced by Keating’s teachings, and start a secret club called the Dead Poets Society. During their meetings, they spend time reading poetry, telling stories, discussing their feelings, as well as trying to help each other get out of their necessity-driven world. After Neil joins a play without his father’s permission, Mr. Perry tells Neil that he is going to military school. Neil, feeling trapped by his parents expectations, promptly kills himself. Welton, trying to find a scapegoat to put Neil’s death on, blames Keating and fires him. The Dead Poets blame the school, and in a sign of rebellion, stand up on their desks while Keating is leaving the school, reminiscent of an earlier lesson he taught the kids, and say “O Captain! My Captain!” from a poem about the death of Abraham Lincoln by famous transcendentalist Walt Whitman. Keating not only teaches the boys to transcend the “box” of necessity, he teaches them to…

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