Dead Poets Society Analysis

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"We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for." (Dead Poets Society). Todd Anderson and Neil Perry were two completely different characters who strived for the same thing in different ways. They both wanted to be free and live life fully. However Todd was more reserved about it than Neil. Neil took Mr. Keating's words to heart and followed his heart, whereas, Todd kind of kept to himself and quietly lived his life instead of expressing himself in hopes of not becoming the center of attention. Both Neil and Todd strived to live life in their own way though they looked at it through a different perspective with the help of Mr. Keating. Neil seems to symbolize his kneeling down before everyone, such as his father (who takes away all control Neil tries to have) and the school. Perry seems to be symbolic for “perish” and death, foreshadowing Neil’s suicide later in the movie. In theory, that’s why Todd and Neil got along so well. (On the first day of Keating’s class, Keating states that they are all going to die. Neil looks incredibly disturbed while considering this.) Neil could control Todd, and that was the only thing in his life he felt he had control over. Also, in a way, it is to be believed that Neil saw himself in Todd, because Neil acted towards his father the way Todd acted towards everyone. By trying to help Todd, he thought maybe he could help himself. Neil claims, “the meek might inherit the earth, but they don’t make it into Harvard,” and he’s right, he’s meek, and he never makes it into Harvard. Todd’s worst fear is that his life has no meaning, and therefore, he has no verse to contribute. For example, after the first day of

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