Dead Poets Society Essay

2295 Words Jan 24th, 2011 10 Pages
oniapinto@hotmail.co.nzDead Poets Society, Directed by Peter Weir
A significant event that occurs towards the finale of ‘Dead Poets Society’ directed by Peter Weir is the movie’s compelling climax, which is when one of the film’s most impassioned characters, Neil ends his own life. Neil commits suicide as he feels trapped with no alternative option other than to conform to his father’s wishes. The significance of this sequence is conveyed through a range of visual and verbal features such as colour, camera work, props, symbols, music and dialogue. These features collaborate to persuasively establish the importance of this event.

When the suicide sequence begins, Neil is crushed to be adamantly told by his father, Mr. Perry that he
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The danger that is felt in this scene reinforces its’ importance, as the audience fears for the life of one of Welton’s most ardent students.

Neil’s suicide reflects many of the film’s most central themes, one of these is the theme of independence and rebellion. This theme is portrayed as by committing suicide Neil was finally able to gain control; he chose his own path which shows his independence. Independence and rebellion is showed throughout the movie by all members of the ‘Dead Poets Society’ this is what makes it such an imperative theme. It has similarities with the poem ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost as that too, deals with the deliberation between the possible differences between two roads or options. In the suicide sequence Neil’s independence and rebellion is shown through the various close up camera shots of his hands. These show that Neil is not wavering or remotely hesitant about his choice. The shots are purposefully focused on his hands and not his face to administer what he is doing physically and not what is going on in his mind emotionally. The audience cannot see Neil’s facial expression therefore they are unable to tell how Neil is feeling at that point. The shots also allude to the notion that Neil’s life is now in his hands. Neil appears to really fulfil the saying

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