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“Neil’s father was responsible for Neil’s death” Discuss

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Mr Perry did not know his son.
Mr Perry does not seem to give Neil the opportunity to express how he feels about the plans his father has for his life. Mr Perry does not know what his son is interested in because he does not communicate with is son. HE never gives time to Neil. Even during the school holiday Neil goes to Summer School to study Chemistry Mr Perry never listens to Neil's opinions or what Neil wnats , what Neil thinks or how Neil feels. Mr. Perry was a traditionalist, which unfortunately meant he had a difficultly expressing affection (love) emotions. He also had high expectations because like any parent, he wanted the best for his son, a 16-17 year old with an excellent future ahead of him. Neil never really saw or understood that his father only wanted what was best for Neil. He only saw the strong, authority figure who constantly demanded that Neil achieve greatness iat school and who listened to him and accepted without question what he had to do to achieve Mr and Mrs Perry's dream
“Neil’s father is responsible for Neil’s death” Discuss
POSITION STATEMENT:
Many viewers who watch the movie "Dead Poet's Society" by Peter Weir believe that Mr Keating, the English teacher, is responsible for Neil's early death. However, many viewers also believe the person who is really responsible for Neil's death is Mr Perry, Neil’s father.
Mr Perry causes his son's death because he feels the need to control his son's life. Mr Perry does not know his own son because he has poor communication skills. Mr Perry is a traditionalist. This means that Mr Perry is an old -fashioned father who believes that it is his job to tell his son what to do with his life. Neil's father also wants his son to succeed in life no matter what the cost.
Argument 1
Mr Perry causes his son's death because he feels the need to control his son's life.
ELABORATE GIVING EXAMPLES FROM THE MOVIE:
Mr Perry stops Neil from working on the Welton Academy school magazine. WHY?

Mr Perry wants to control Neil's relationships.
Example: Mr Perry shouts at Mr Keating outside the theatre. "Stay away from my son" WHY ( think about opposites. If Mr Perry is traditional what is Mr Keating?



Mr Perry feels the need to control his son, Neil's life
Neil's father states in the movie that he did not have the opportunities his son has. The opportunity he is referring to is the chance to attend one of the best private schools in America. Neil's father wants to make sure his son does not waste this opportunity by doing things that prevent Neil from studying and being an excellent student. This is shown when Neil is forbidden from working on the school magazine.

Mr Perry also wants to control who needs has relationships with. Towards the end of the movie Mr Perry shouts at Mr Keating. He says "Stay away from my son". This shows that Mr Perry does not want other people to influence his son life: how he thinks and how he behaves.

Mr Perry realises that the more people involved in Neil's life the greater the chance that Neil will lose his focus on what his father wants. And what hsi father wants is for Neil to be a doctor.

Argument 2
Mr Perry does not know his own son because he has poor communication skills.

Mr Perry finds it easy to tell Neil what to do but finds it difficult to listen to what his son wants.

EXAMPLES FROM THE MOVIE:
Prevents Neil from writing for the Welton Academy school magazine .
Does not listen to Neil when Neil says he does not want to go to another school.
Mr Perry never says anything positive about his son's achievements.

Argument 3
Mr Perry is a traditionalist. This means that Mr Perry is an example of a father who is old fashioned.

Example from the movie:
Mr Perry tells his son what to do.
Neil cannot write for the school magazine.
Neil cannot act in
A Midsummer Nights Dream

ARGUMENT 4
Neil's father wants his son to succeed no matter what the cost.

Example
Neil's father is willing to send his son to a military school (ARMY SCHOOL) instead of leaving Neil to continue at Welton Academy. Mr Perry is happy to destroy Neil's friendships.
Mr Perry stops his son from honouring his commitment to the school magazine.
Mr Perry is willing to make Neil weak an unale to fight for what he believes in
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