Dead Poets Society - Analytical Response Essay

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Growing up involves challenges, but also rewards as it is a process different for everyone. The concept of growing up is explored in the film, 'Dead Poets Societs, directored by Peter Weir, and the related text, 'Flight From Fear', by Joanne Feddler. The film demonstrates the concept of growing up through the experiences of one of the antagonists, Neil Perry. In the film, 'Dead Poets Society', Neil Perry is an easily influenced young man who has a strong desire for achievement, he is a natural leader and admired by all of his friends. However, Neil's strong drive for achievement is cut short by his father who has an overbearing influence and control over Neil's life. This control culminates when Neil ends his own life later in the film. Neil plays the role of the "dutiful son" in his uneasy and detached relationship with his father.The lack of affection is shown in Neil and Mr Perry's father-son relationship as Neil refers to his father as "Sir". Neil is a powerless figure in his relationship with his father and himself; this is particularly evident in the scene where Neil and his friends are acting defiantly by smoking and mocking the four pillars of Welton Academy. When Mr Perry enters the room, he orders Neil to drop the School Annual. Neil dares to argue and is asked to leave the room for further discussion and his father warns to never defy him in public, "Don't you ever dispute me in public, you understand?", and demands Neil does as he is told, "After medical school you can do as you damn well please, but until then you do as I tell you". As Mr Perry leaves, a close up of Neil with his head against the wall emphasises his pain and powerlessness. This scene developes further an unhealthy relationship between Neil and his father. Neil Perry developes a strong relationship with his teacher, Mr John Keating. Neil shows much interest during Mr Keatings
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