The Importance of Individuality in the Film "The Dead Poets Society"

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“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 of quiet desperation.’ Don't be resigned to that. Break out!”—John Keating (Robin Williams)
As the above quote says, one should never be resigned to dullness, but instead you should break out and try something new. It is our differences that make us great. However, one cannot expect to be different if they never express themselves or speak up. Director Peter Weir, director of The Truman Show, presents the importance of individuality and speaking up in his movie Dead Poets Society, a fictional but realistic story that tells the story of a group of friends at the Wellington
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Another reason I enjoyed this movie was because it incorporated humor. I feel that without humor, this movie would not have been as interesting. And finally, I liked this movie because although the acting was sometimes a bit phony, the characters played themselves in a way that was enjoyable, but more importantly they played themselves in a manner that was relatable.
Dead Poets Society really benefited from a well-written plot. From the beginning, I was hooked into the movie’s storyline. Keating’s interesting methods were fun to watch and the quotes he presented to his class gave me something to think about. For example, on the first day of class, Keating takes his students out into the hall to look upon the former scholars of Wellington Academy. As the students are gazing at the pictures of the graduates, Keating whispers, “Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”
It was moments like these in the movie that were not only fun, but also allowed for me to think about what my approach to life should be. I believe that a movie that makes you think signals a movie with an engaging plot that is well-written.
Further, what movie would be complete without some plot-twists? Well, have no fear, because Dead Poets Society contains its fair share of them. I felt that the most interesting plot twist

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