Dead Poet Society

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Describe the elements of Romanticism in this film. Include Mr. Keating’s references to Emerson and Thoreau. Give specific examples for support. Elements of Romanticism in this film include individualism and non-conformity. This is exemplified by Charlie Dalton when he refused to do his walk when Keating ordered them to do so and when he changed his name to Nawanda which is a unique name. Keating encourages his students to don’t just consider what the author thinks when they read but consider what they think themselves; quoting Thoreau who said “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation. Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!” Emerson also wrote “To believe in your own thought, to believe what is true for you, in your private heart is true, that is genius!” Another element is the concept of “Carpe Diem” which was demonstrated by Knox who seized the day when he finally acted upon by his desire to call Chris. The third element is spirituality in nature as shown by the recitation of poem and the chanting of the boys in an Indian cave. The cave is a place with no restrictions so they were able to get in touch with their inner selves. 1. What do you think the theme or main idea of the movie is? Why? State your theme in one sentence. Give specific examples from the movie to support your ideas. The theme of the movie is Romanticism versus Reality. The desire to initiate changes can either lead to positive or negative results. Keating wants his students to learn ho to be their own individual person and step out of the line of conformity. Neil has gained courage to defy his father but in the end loses his will and committed suicide. Charlie, who is definitely a nonconformist, has done things that eventually led to his expulsion. Todd’s change, however, has matured in a positive way and expressed himself when it really matters; he is the first
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