Analysis of Dead Poets Society: Non-Conformity Changes Lives

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English 11 ( A LIT)
7/11/2012

Non conformity changes lives

Dead Poets Society is a movie set in the 1950 s But filmed in 1989 .Although it is set on the 50s the movie talks and is able to get through transcendentalist ideals to the viewer . The movie is set in a boy’s only private school called Walton that sends its graduates to Ivy league colleges. Where Mr. Keating is the new English teacher were he introduces non conformity and transcendentalism to his students. In the movie each boy has a scene where he breaks out of his norm becomes and a nonconformist. The movie also relates to transcendentalist poetry like Emily Dickson work And Walt Whitman especially in his poems in “song of myself. “ So Transcendentalism connects to the movie through poetry. The movie shows us that transcendentalism is freedom and braking from the norm while having consequences it is ultimately a good thing. Mr. Keating is the new English teacher. He graduated from the same school Walton Academy. But Mr. Keating is very different in his way of teaching and his message to the students. The school learning is set on memorization on rules like x +y makes z in the movie they show us how other teachers teach in a way that does not allow the boys to think and put ideas out. From the first class Mr. Keating he seemed different to the students from the first thing he told them to do is to get of the room to the take the class some were else witch seemed very strange to the students . “Seize the day”( Dead Poets Society) was one of the first things he thought his class that means they should be free and live the day before they die it was the first non-conformist ideas he taught them . Then he started his next class when he told his students to rip the introduction of their book. The introduction describes poetry in a very mathematical way, by measuring the enjoyment by the hymn verse and the length .So he told his students to rip out the pages because he was a transcendentalist / non conformist he told the kids that the verse is not important nor the technicalities so he told them to write in free verse which was introduced by the transcendentalist. The transcendentalists were the first people how broke out of the norm and started to write in free verse like Walt Witmas poem. Mr. Keating started introducing non conformity by freedom the freedom of writing whatever you want without rules or regulations just expressing your own feelings without worrying about anything. “Now my class you will learn to think for your selves again .”( Dead Poets Society) Mr. Keating clearly wants his students to create their own poetry their own thinking not just memorization or basing their poetry on mathematical basis. “ No matter what anybody tells you world and ideas can change to world.” (Dead Poets Society ) He is telling his students to write to change the world to express themselves and he is telling them not to care what anyone tells them there words and ideas can change the world. He also tells them to see the world in a different prescriptive and that everyone has their own pace. When he introduced conformity he did it in a kinesthetic way and he showed his students that everyone has their own way of thinking. So he says that every individual is different. The kids found out that Mr. Keating was in a dead poets society club were the boys would go to a cave at midnight and read poetry. They would go to a cave to connect with nature here the cave symbolizes nature and the read whatever poem they want and expresses their feelings. The poem read symbolized and expressed freedom so in dead poets society club they connected with nature and had freedom which are transcendentalist ideals. Mr. Keating also told the boys to call him “O captain my captain” ( Whitman 1) witch is a poem written by the poet Walt Whitman who is a transcendentalist. Transcendentalist broke the rules of poetry by using free verse and not just followed the stressed (/) and...
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