Dead Poets’ Society- Analysis questions and Answer Key
1. Describe the setting (time and place) in detail.
The setting is Welton Academy in New England, 1959. All boys’ dormitory or preparatory (prep) school. The boys are approximately 17 years old.
2. Discuss the meaning of how John Keating introduces himself to the class.
Mr. Keating was very different, unconventional, interesting to listen to as a teacher and very inspiring. For instance, he asks his students to rip the introduction out of a poetry book, telling the students that they must learn to think for themselves. He shows them pictures of former Welton Students (now deceased); He makes the students realize that they are “food for worms”
3. a) What Latin phrase captures part of the theme of this movie?
Carpe Diem- Seize the day
b) How does this phrase change each of the characters?
The boys become more alert to what going on around them. They don’t want to miss any opportunity that comes their way!! Their attitude changes because they start to reflect on what they want to do with their future. They also start to question their parents’ decisions which start to cause friction in the school.
4. a) What is the meaning of YAWP?
Barbaric – Loud cry
b) Who is most affected by it?
Todd was afraid of what people thought of him. He was also too afraid to speak in front of a crowd.
5. This movie shows the battle between conformity and individuality. Discuss this for the main characters, as well as for John Keating.
The boy’s from the Dead Poets Society were used to being told what to do in order to please their parents and most figures of authority. They would conform to most rules to avoid also getting the strap or other violent forms of discipline. Individuality
Some students start to make a stand for what they believe in!! They want a say in what happens in their future. Some of them want to be part of the...
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