Analysis Of The Controversial Scene Of Neil's Death In The Movie "The Dead Poets Society"

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Neil's (played by Robert Shaun Leonard) demise was in absolutely no possible way a random occurrence in the movie "Dead Poets Society" or in short DPA. Neil's death can in fact be compared to a conclusion in a science experiment that was already clearly stated in the hypothesis. A very high quantity of events and symbolism was used in the early structural stages of the movie to give the viewer an obvious impression that he would live to see out the completion of the movie. The scene of Neil's death instigates as soon as the school play that Neil was taking part had concluded and Neil was ushered out of the building by his father (Kurtwood Smith) and into their car. Neil, in his father's point of view is displaying his arrogance by disobeying his father by taking part I the school play when he was "instructed" not to. But in Neil's point of view he is fulfilling his own ambitions of becoming an actor and what he truly enjoys. When they arrived home, father and son had a discussion about Neil's future in other words the father dictated Neil's on what he is going to do with his future, the reason being that they were not a wealthy family. Neil's father wanted him to attend a very prestigious university known as Harvard, but Neil had other ideas. He wanted to further explore the world of acting and chose a career path of an actor. Mr. Perry would not yield to Neil's protests that that choice was his to make, but eventually fell silent in defeat. In this section, the camera alternatively changes from Neil to his father as they argue, and most of the time, close up shots are used. There is a very high probability that this confrontation with his father will have had a subsequent effect on Neil's decision to commit suicide. After this event Neil makes way to his room and after undressing prepares to sleep, but little did his father know that after he had slept his son was still wide awake deep in thought. His clothes are placed in his bed, neatly folded. This gives him the appearance of a military member, everything clean and ordered, suggesting that Neil life is not under his own control but under the control of his parents because they are the ones who are making all the major decisions in his life for him. In other words the parents prevent him from being a free thinker like Mr. Keating encourages him to be. At this point in the movie, an eerie vibrant music had initiated. The music contained a holy tune like that in a church and sounded very much like bees humming. This music gave the viewer the impression that a very important event in the movie was about to take place in the Perry residence that night.Neil gets up when Mr. and Mrs. Perry are asleep. Other than the suspicious music, there was total and absolute silence, not even the sounds of nightlife. The silence symbolizes inability to speak out and stand up for your rights. Neil is not standing up for his desire to act, but just concedes defeat to his father when he is being...

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