Dead Poets Society Essay

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Information
Dead Poets Society was written by N.H. Kleinbaum in 1989 based on the motion picture written by Tom Schulman.
Background Information
N.H. Kleinbaum, a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, is a former newspaper reporter and editor. She wrote Dead Poets Society based on Tom Schulman’s script who was a film director and author of Dead Poets Society. The script was based on his experience because he graduated from Welton Academy.
Main Characters
The main characters in this book are John Keating, Neil Perry, Todd Anderson, and other some students. John Keating who graduated from Welton Academy is an English teacher. When he was student, he studied very hard like his students and suffered from many assignments. However, he made ‘Dead Poets Society’ which was discovered by Neil and shared poems with his friends. In addition, his educating style was very peculiar and creative, so the students felt interesting in his style and little by little enjoyed their life following Keating’s advice, ‘Seize the day!’
Neil Perry and Todd Anderson were the students of Welton Academy. They had very different personality. Neil was a best model student in Welton and he was a live man. He realized his passion for the acting after Keating’s class. It brought big changes to him. He took a play audition and acted main character of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. However, his father did not allow him to do what he wanted. Another student, Todd attended Balincrest before Welton to get a high score. He was also pressured by his parents and he was very listless and tentative student before meeting Keating. He could not even tell his opinion and mind in front of other people. However, he changed gradually and respected Keating. After a tragic accident, Neil’s suicide, he told that Neil’s death was not fault of Keating to Mr. Nolan and his parents stately.
There were also other students who respected and followed Keating’s style were Knox Overstreet, Charlie Dalton, Steven Meeks, and Gerard Pitts. Knox fell in love with Chris who was girlfriend of Chet. After Keating’s class, he had courage to tell his love to Chris and succeeded to get Chris. Charlie was also respected Keating a lot. He said he is Nuwanda himself and resisted school.
Setting
The story happened in Welton Academy, a private school nestled in the remote hills of Vermont, in 1959. (DPS,1) At this time, all of people thought the importance of ‘Ivy League’. For this social context, many parents tried to send their sons to Welton Academy where sent many students to Ivy League every year. Also, they pressured their children very strictly and manipulated their daily life patterns. Therefore, students lived their life boring and studied continue in fixed life patterns. For these reasons, Keating’s new teaching style attracted students and let them knew about the real life’s meaning, ‘Seize the Day!’
Plot
The book begins to explain about the appearance of Welton Academy and...

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