In Dead Poets Society we feel that a considerable amount of injustice occurred in relation to Keating. What is your opinion about this and how do you respond to the headmaster's accusation that he is the cause of Neil's death?
After the death of Neal Perry, Mr Perry Neal's father sought the cause of his son's death, after informing Mr Nolan, Mr Nolan blamed Neil's death on Professor John Keating and his creative teaching methods. This injustice was unfair and caused Mr Keating to loose his job.
The school was a dull, conservative place where tradition, education and reputation were put before creativity and dreams. Mr Keating, a new English teacher came to the school and changed that. He taught the students to express themselves, suck the marrow out of life and to seize the day. Mr Keating did not force his students to do anything, he left their choices up to them and let them do what they wanted. Keating's only wish was for his students to live fun, enjoyable incredible lives.
The students found a photo of Mr Keating in an old yearbook with a caption reading- "John Keating the man most willing to do anything, Leader of the Dead Poets Society." The boys were curious and approached Mr Keating. He explained to the students what dead poets society was and how it was a mistake and how "gods were created, women swooned, and spirits soared." Neil the most enthusiastic boy suggested that they try it out and all his friends conformed to his idea. Mr Keating did not tell the boys to reform these meetings, as he knew they were against the school rules. The one thing that caused the boys to do this would have been the reverse physiology Keating used.
Mr Keating taught his students to enjoy poetry and live through it not just write it. He taught them to be individuals, live their dreams and follow their hearts. This changed many of his students' personalities. They changed for the better and some of his students finally found out what they wanted in life. Neil...
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