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Assignment: Write an essay analyzing the movie Dead Poet’s Society in relation to material we have read. This persuasive essay will have an introduction (3-5 sentence), 1-2 body paragraphs (minimum of 10 sentences), and a conclusion. You will also need to include at least 2 quotes from 2 different sources.

Possible Topics:
1. Prove whether Peter Weir (the director) intended the movie Dead Poet’s Society to be transcendentalist or anti-transcendentalist in nature.

2. How did he advocate Emerson’s individualism, especially precepts based on “Self-Reliance?

3. How did he promote Thoreau’s philosophy that if a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears the beat of a different drummer? Was the book Walden or the essay “Civil Disobedience” brought into the movie? Explain.

4. How did each of the boys exercise his right to be an individual? Who was really the bravest of Keating's boys and ventured forward to be an individual?

5. Did anything in the movie refute the philosophies of Emerson and Thoreau?

Quick review:
Welton Academy, Neil Perry (Fears his father, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Suicide), Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke; Life has no meaning; desk set from parents), Knox Overstreet (obsession with Chris Noel), Charles Dalton (Nwanda), Steven Meeks (red-haired, glasses), Gerald Pitts (works with the short wave radio, Richard Cameron (red-haired student who waits to see how others in authority react and then follows their lead), Professor Keating (English teacher with a unorthodox method of teaching)

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Nature” and “Self-Reliance”; Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden Woods” and “Civil Disobedience”; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Autumn”, “Psalm of Life”, and “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls”; and Steven Vincent Benet’s “The Devil and Daniel Webster”.

Paper should be in 12 Times New Roman Font and you should begin with the heading below.

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