Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets Society visualizes the conflict between realism and romanticism as these opposing ideals are presented to the students at this single-sex boys’ preparatory school. Welton Academy is based on tradition and excellence and is known for its strict structured lessons formed by the realistic and anti-youth administration. Every time a new season begins, hundreds of parents leave their sons in the strict hands of Welton’s staff hoping they will end up prepared to educate as doctors or lawyers.
The novel “Dead Poets Society” written by N.H. Kleinbaum is set at a preparatory school called Welton Academy. At the welcoming ceremony for new pupils, Mr. Nolan is introduced and explains the main principals of the academy, which are tradition, excellence, discipline and honour. Keating, the new English teacher, who has been a pupil there many years ago, gets introduced. He is inspired by values such as passion and love, which he integrates in his classes. His slogan is CARPE DIEM, which means “seize the day”, therefore he wants his pupils to think on their own and become individual persons. Some boys re-found the “Dead Poets Society”, which they discovered looking for information about Keating at the library. This is a secret club, where the boys meet in a cave to read and write poems to express their emotions. Because of these meetings, the boys’ lives change. Charlie Dalton gives himself the new name “Nuwanda” as a prank against the school. Todd Anderson loses his shyness. Knox Overstreet and a girl fall in love by talking about poems. Neil Perry finds his passion in acting, and he even gets to be the main character in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, which makes his father angry. The father therefore brings Neil home and wants him to go to a military school, which makes Neil so sad that he commits suicide Neil. Keating is held responsible for the suicide by Neil’ s parents and the school administration. He therefore gets fired. Shortly...
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