Topics: Dead Poets Society, Suicide, Carpe diem Pages: 3 (1208 words) Published: February 7, 2013
Neil Perry is a confident and popular student who excels in his studies. Inspired by his passionate English teacher, Mr. Keating, he re-establishes the “Dead Poets Society”. He aspires to become an actor but snuffed by his ever controlling dad who refuses to give Neil any choice about his future. As a result, he commits suicide at the end of the film. Todd Anderson is a shy and introverted student who is new to Welton Academy. Todd’s older brother was a previous valedictorian of Welton and both the school and his parents have a high expectation on him. He is also an obedient and studious young man, and trys hard to please his teachers but lack in confidence at the start of the film and this prevent him from reaching his potential. However, both Neil and Mr. Keating support and encourage him. And at the end of the film, he is the first student who calls out “O Captain! My Captain!”, and stand up on his desk as a support for Mr. Keating. Mr. John Keating is a former student of Welton Academy and decided to secretly revive the school literary club, the “Dead Poets Society”, to which Keating had belonged, meeting in a cave off the school grounds. As a teacher, he is the boy’s source of inspiration and encouragement. He also introduced his students to the phrase, “Carpe Diem”, a Latin expression that translated as “Seize the Day”. At the end of the film, he is dismissed from his position who charged with causing Neil Perry to commit suicide. Charlie Dalton (a.k.a Nuwanda) is the most extraverted and daring of Welton’s student and a rebellious and reckless young man. He resists the authority of the school and is ultimately expelled for refusing to sign the document condemning Mr. Keating. Though he admires and respects Mr. Keating, he takes Keating’s principle too far and takes several imprudent risks. Knox Overstreet is a shy and academically focussed at the beginning of the film, he develops considerably as a result of his inchoate...
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