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Dead Poets Society Essay

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In the 1989 film Dead Poet’s Society, explores the concept of self-realization and individualism. This film is full of themes and aspects that relate to life. It’s mainly focused on life and life lessons. In the film there are many poems used by famous poets that gives a positive message. Dead Poet’s Society has both positive and negative on both teaching and learning the poetry.
The film relates aspects of life to poetry through self-realization and individualism. One of the famous poet Walt Whitman “Song of Myself” is highly characteristic and individualistic, expressing a point of view about experiences of the narrative “I” as an individual. Through out the entire film the teacher, Mr. Keating encourages his students to be individual. “Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation." Don't be resigned to that. Break out!” said Mr. Keating about being an individual and not conforming. Many of the characters show individuality through out the film. Neil Perry a student, who had a passion for acting but could not participate in plays because he knew that his father allow him to do so and he would not go against his father. But Mr. Keating tells him to participate in the play and be an individual. Many more characters had individuality for example, Todd Anderson standing up for Mr. Keating by saying "O Captain! My Captain!" and then stands on top of his desk and faces Keating, Charlie Dalton changing his name to Newanda during their poetry club meetings. These examples explain the major aspect of life to poetry that this film shows.
Dead Poet’s Society has used many poems that are written both by students and famous poets to draw in the viewers and the schoolboys. Many of the poems in the film share the same theme and have imagery. The poem that stood out to me is when Todd is standing in front of the class and Mr. Keating tells him to look at Walt Whitman picture and describes what he sees “I close my eyes, and this image floats beside me: a sweaty-toothed madman with a stare that pounds my brain. His hands reach out and choke me and all the time he's mumbling, mumbling truth like a blanket that always leaves your feet cold. You push it, stretch it, but it'll never be enough. You kick at it, beat it, it'll never cover any of us. From the moment we enter crying to the moment we leave dying it'll only cover your face as you wail and cry and scream.” This poem had so much imagery out of the entire film. When Todd was describe the madman the viewers got an image in their mind. This film also has many quotes that stood out. One major quote that stood out to me “Now we all have a great need for acceptance, but you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular, even though the herd may go, "that's baaaaad." Robert Frost said, "Two roads diverged in the wood and...

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