Reflection paper on a “Dead poets society”

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Todd Anderson, Neil Perry, Knox Overstreet, Richard Cameron, Steven Meeks, Gerard Pitts, and Charlie Dalton are senior year students of high school at Welton Academy, an all-male, elite prep school in Vermont.

On the first day of classes, they are surprised by the unique teaching methods of the new English teacher, John Keating. Keating encourages his students to “make your lives extraordinary”.

Upon learning that Keating was a member of the unsanctioned Dead Poets Society while he was at Welton, Neil restarts the club and he and his friends sneak off campus to a cave where they read poetry and verse, including their own compositions. As the school year progresses, Keating’s lessons and their involvement with the club encourage them to live their lives on their own terms.

The film ended up with Neil’s death.

Surely, this was one of the most interesting films I watched recently. The plot above may not seem so interesting, but the film itself, has a deep meaning.

Let’s start with the fact that each character was an interesting individual who complemented the other characters in the film. The character of Mr. Keating was the deepest one. On the one hand, he seemed to be saying crazy things: starting from standing on his desk to ripping out the pages of their poetry books. But if you go deeper into his thoughts, you’ll see the truth in his words. He is telling about one of the most important things in life: we all must seize the day and do what our heart tells us.

And I think he was right. Unfortunately, we often forget about all that and stop living in the present. The meaning behind the movie, to think for yourself and embrace your individualism, is a very good meaning to teach to people everywhere.

However, I really liked the “society” formed by the boys. After all, it encouraged, motivated and brought joy to everyone.

The ending certainly left an impact on everyone. I agree with the fact the ending was beyond powerful. It was a moving moment the boys stood up for what they believed in, even when others might’ve thought it wrong.

The most significant theme of the movie is ‘carpe diem‘. It is the phrase that professor Keating uses in his first lecture. This phrase means’ seize the day’. The movie highlights the importance that you only live once and you should live on your own terms.

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