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Dead Poet's Society Essay

1082 words - 5 pages

You’re on the stage in front of the whole classed tensed and jittery, eyes squeezed shut so unbreakably that there are shapes being stamped into the darkness. Whatever pops into your mind, you rapidly blurt out in search of what you will say next. As you walk down the path of literature, you get lost in the world of poetry. Where do you go next? Dead Poets Society directed by Peter Weir is a film that teaches teens to seize their lives, and live them while they can. This school story is teaching a valuable lesson to a group of boys who are having trouble planning out their futures. This is all changed by a unique teacher with an interactive way of teaching. Todd is pressured into meeting the high standards of his older brother, and is unsure about what he is capable of until he steps out of his comfort zone. Todd has almost changed characters throughout the movie. The choices he makes are all caused by something that sparked him to do so.

The choices Todd makes are mostly him blocking everything out. He unsure about himself, and doesn’t want to put himself out there in fear of making a mistake. His first major decision is not to speak at the meetings. He just wants to watch and listen. But he hasn’t had very many classes yet with Mr. Keating, so he doesn’t know that it’s okay to mess up, and that there’s no write or wrong answer in poetry. There’s an infinite amount of answers. ***** He also chose to stand up on stage in front of the class and tell them everything about poetry on his mind. He has the choice not to accept Mr. Keating’s way of teaching, but in a way it’s very intriguing because you don’t know what he has planned. The major turning point for Todd was when he decided to stand up on the desk and defend Mr. Keating. He wanted to show him that his class what a huge influence for him, and that when Mr. Keating left, he didn’t want to be remembered as “the shy guy”. He wanted to show him how much he has learned in his class time with Mr. Keating.

“Uh, I-I close my eyes and this image floats before me:

A sweaty-toothed madman with a stare that pounds my brain.

H-His hands reach out and choke me,

and all the time he's mumbling.

Truth like a blanket that always leaves your feet cold.

You push it, stretch it, it'll never be enough.

You kick at it, beat it, it will never cover any of us.

From the moment we enter crying to the moment we leave dying, it'll just cover your face as you wail and cry and scream.”

Todd is saying that the madman is “passion”, but passion is not enough. Passion (the blanket) leaves you cold and exposed, and that the only way to show passion is to cry, scream, and wail. Keating explains that passion is part of the human race and that it is used to the full extent....

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