Dead Poet Society Movie Essay

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Dead Poet Society Movie


The statement that conformity and tradition are in opposition to individualism and
defiance of authority is very true in The Dead Poet Society, and even more so in today's
society in general. One can walk into any high school and see this is true. In a typical
high school, people seem to have very much in common, especially in dress, hair style,
etc… which is in opposition to individualism in and of itself. People are so caught up
in conforming to how society says they should live their lives, it really tarnishes the
spirit of individuality human beings are meant to have.

The movie The Dead Poet Society, even further exemplifies the statement that conformity
and tradition defy individualism. In the story, the students have a new English teacher
named Mr. Keating, who breaks every rule in the book in regards to the school's standards
of teaching/curriculum. He encourages his students to go against the status quo. On his
first day, he asks someone to read the introduction of the students' textbook on poetry.
The introduction was full of complex wording and ideas about how to understand poetry,
which Keating thought was meaningless. He then tells the kids to rip out the whole
introduction, saying that poetry goes well beyond the "technical aspects".

Another example from the movie is the life of Neil Perry. He and his friends re-started
The Dead Poet Society, which originally began with Mr. Keating himself. What Neil and his
friends were doing was against school policy, but they did it anyway. Also, although Neil
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