Social Cognitive Theory, Spiral Of Silence And Gender Stereotyping

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The “Dead Poets Society” is a 1989 drama that encompasses many important themes such as conformity (known as the Social Cognitive Theory), passion and the idea of Carpe Diem (meaning seize the day). It also gives many instances of the struggle to maintain a balance between romanticism and realism within ones self. The movie has three main theories this movie employs these are the Social Cognitive Theory, Spiral of Silence and Gender Stereotyping. Set in 1959, the story unravels when Mr. Keating, a newly recruited to Welton Academy as an English teacher, inspires his students through employing unorthodox methods of teaching, reminding them of the importance of Carpe Diem. Focused mainly on the lives of five of his students along with two of their friends, The movie takes us along as Keating’s passion sparks the beginning of a path towards self-discovery for the boys. The shy and self-conscious protagonist Todd Anderson is framed against the extroverted Neil Perry, while the romanticists Charlie Dalton and Knox Overstreet are framed against Richard Cameron, who is portrayed as a realist.

The Social Cognitive Theory grows in numerous scenes throughout the movie. This theory suggests that by watching what others will and will not do, people conform to what is considered “socially normal”. A person’s behavior is then subjected to one’s social and physical environment and his or hers individual character dynamics. Simply meaning, one’s conduct is actively moulded by the…

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