The Dead Poets Society

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Unorthodox Through and Through By ANAM ZAMAN 10B The Dead Poets Society, written by N.H. Kleinbaum, was truly a movie like no other. It exemplified what a difference and impact an idea which is poles apart from a contemporary one can have on young, developing minds. It was extremely interesting as it illustrated a contrast between two very different philosophies of teaching, a struggle between a belief of ‘discipline’ and one of ‘humanity’ or one where a man can be a man, and not someone he is not. The movie also demonstrated the common idea of tyranny; oppression of not being able to express yourself. Mr. Keating encouraged the students to rebel against conformity and to stand up for one’s beliefs throughout life no matter how difficult it may prove to be. “Carpe Diem” seemed to be the phrase that was explored the most throughout, or as Mr. Keating once said, freedom to ‘break out!’ These qualities demonstrate the success of the film. Mr. Keating exemplified freedom of being throughout the movie. He seemed to be the light in the boys’ lives. Before him, it seemed that they were forced to soak up the teaching system of a school that forced blind absorption to robots of no voice or originality and who seemed to be averse to developing a relationship between the teacher and the students. It was a philosophy where the boys learnt like androids, very unlike “the human race” that “is filled with passion.” Mr. Nolan seemed appalled at the idea of acquiring a separate identity and remarked, “free thinkers at 17?” In contrast, when Mr. Keating entered their monotonous lives he surprised them with a philosophy that they had never tasted before. He taught them to “constantly look at things in a different way,” that they must “strive to find” their “own voice,” and that “life exists, and identity.” He was a fantastic representation of belief and individualism and he wanted
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