Humans have always stood for their beliefs, even when overshadowed by a colossal adversary. This is what challenging authority is about, standing up for ones beliefs in the face of a foe that is above you in any way, shape or form. Challenging authority figures can be performed by any person, but is more commonly seen in adolescent youth. Teenagers reaching adulthood often rebel against their parents or other adults as an attempt to gain independence. Many authors try to capture this change from boy to man in their literature and Films Dead Poets Society written by Thomas H. Schulman and Schapelle Corby ‘insane’ written by the Sydney Morning Herald both great examples of challenging authority and the effects it will have on an individual.
The Film Dead Poets Society, written by Thomas Schulman and directed by Peter Weir is a great example of the consequences involved in challenging Authority, and how it would affect the student. Charlie Dalton, one of the more defiant students decides to take rebellion to a whole new level. Donning the new name ‘Newanda’ Charlie posted an article in the schools newsletter to bring girls to Welton academy in the name of the Dead Poets Society (a poetry group formed by Mr. Keating and reincarnated by his English students). The headmaster is insulted by this lack of behavior and calls an assembly to find and track down the members of the Dead Poets Society. The headmaster however is abruptly interrupted by a phone call. In which Charlie stands up, the camera showing a mid shot of Charlie holding the ringing telephone in his hands, answers it, and proclaims to the headmaster that it was God and he said that “We should have girls at Welton”. This stunt that Charlie pulled, to challenge authority had expelled him from Welton academy. Showing that when you challenging authority, you would not come out unscathed, especially when you embarrass your superior in front of everyone just like Charlie.
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