Essay Mr. Keating And The Dead Poets Society

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Many of the boys changed quite a bit throughout the movie. The boys that change do so because of the impact that their English teacher, Mr. Keating, and the Dead Poets Society have on them. Keating and the Dead Poets Society teach them about becoming their own person, expressing themselves, and seizing the day. Some of the boys take these lessons to heart, but others refuse to accept them.
Todd Anderson came to Welton as a shy, awkward teenage boy who didn’t have much to say. He never spoke up in class, and he was more of a follower than anything else. His brother had also gone to Welton, and therefore he had expectations put upon him by his parents. When he joined the Dead Poets Society, he listened to the others read, but he never read out loud himself. Towards the middle of the movie, he became slightly more outgoing and was able to speak up in class when Mr. Keating called on him. By the end of the movie, we saw that he had learned to express himself more openly because he was the first one to stand on his desk in the final scene and say, “Oh Captain, my Captain.”
Todd changed because he understood Keating’s lessons, and he understood that to get anywhere in life, he had to learn to speak up for himself. He looked up to Mr. Keating, and he took Mr. Keating’s lessons to heart. At one point, Mr. Keating said, “Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, "Most men lead lives…

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