John Keating, a.k.a. Mr Keating, is a romantic teacher who graduated from the Welton Academy years ago. He came from London and left his spouse to teach. He is a very passionate person and uses unorthodox methods of teaching which his students have never experienced before. His core belief is:
1. To contribute a meaningful verse, so that when it came time for them to die, they would not “discover that they had not lived.
He also claims that “occupations are noble pursuits to sustain life, but passion is the reason to live”. This is in direct contrast to what the school teaches. He is also suspected to have been rebellious to the conformity of the school- we find out that he was a member of the Dead Poets Society (DPS). However he does warn his students that while passion is the reason to live, tradition and discipline are also required to live a balanced life.
Keating tells his students that they should call him “O Captain! My Captain“. This is symbolic in the way that in the poem, the ship is victorious but the captain lays dead. In a similar style, Keating attempts to empower his students with passion and help them find a voice but loses his job in the process. However, when the students salute Keating by standing on the desks, we are shown that Keating did not lose his job... [continues]
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