Dead Poets Society

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The Dead Poets Society is a 1950’s American drama film directed by Peter Weir and written by Tom Schulman. The movie is based on the life of Tom Schulman at the Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. The setting of the movie is in the 1950’s at Welton Academy, which is an exclusive all- boy’s prep school. This film is a box office success because of the great story line and the actors that played in it. The main actors in this movie are Neil Perry who is played by Robert Sean Leonard and Todd Anderson which is played by Ethan Hawke, and Josh Charles who is Knox, as well as Robin Williams who plays Mr Keating. Dead Poets Society is a story about a new English teacher, Mr Keating who comes to Welton Academy with his free-thinking attitude. He encourages as well as inspires his students, to seize the day and live their lives boldly. Mr Keating is an unusual educator, and teaches the students a different way compared to other professors at Welton Academy who have rather dull methods. He encourages his students to see the world from an alternate perspective, by getting them to stand on their desks. Keating introduces his class to poetry with his bright attitude. This had strong effects on some of his students, such as Todd who would like to be a writer, and especially Neil who dreams of becoming an actor. An unexpected tragedy soon followed and the headmaster Mr Nolan (Norman Lloyd) relieved Keating of his duties which made his students try to stand up and defended him. In the movie Dead Poets Society, there were many different themes. Some of them were; boys striving for self-realisation, realism versus idealism and the effects of pressure from family. For example Neil had lots of pressure from his father and mother, to get good grades so that he could become a doctor, but Neil’s dream was to become an actor. Another example was that Todd had lots of

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