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Dead Poets Society Presentation

English grade 12 summer school
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Alejandro Lazcano

on 15 July 2013

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Transcript of Dead Poets Society Presentation

Movement from society into isolation

Change their personal appearance

Tribal formation and rituals
The Outcast
Psychoanalytical
Criticism
of...

Introductory Exercise:
Do you doodle? When do you doodle?
You will have about 3 minutes to complete this exercise.
Freud's Perspective
Unconscious & Conscious Minds
This is the meaning
of the introductory exercise...
1 = The way you see yourself

2 = The way other people see you

3 = The way you want to be seen

4 = The real you

psychoanalysis
Todd Anderson
Richard Cameron
Neil Perry
Charlie Dalton
Christine Danburry
Knox Overstreet
Neil committing suicide

Him auditioning for the play

Forming the Dead Poets Society

His flashbacks before committing suicide

Fear of his father
standing on table

remembering getting the
same gift from parents

mourning the death of Neil
Charlie punches Richard for betraying them


betraying the group

ID, EGO & SUPEREGO OF CHARACTERS
Neil Perry
Shows a strong "Id"

Proposes to bring back the Dead Poet Society

Desires to be an actor

Parents want him to be doctor

Commits suicide
Charlie Dalton
Strongest "Id" in the group

Alpha Male

Loses control of his "Id"
Todd Anderson
Parents want him to be a lawyer

Strong super ego at first

wants to be a writer
Richard Cameron
Strong superego

Turns the members of the club in

Doesn't stand up at the end
Knox Overstreet
Wants Christine

Doesn't care about Christine's boyfriend

Stands up at the end.
Mr. Keating
Unleashes the "Id" in all of the boys

Believes in "Carpe Diem"

Psychologically balanced
Freudian Archetypes & Symbols
The Hero
Neil Perry (tragic hero)
courageous
strong
a leader

Wants to pursuit acting

Represents ideals of society
Mr. Perry
controlling
selfish
strong

Wants Neil to become a doctor

"Appears" to represent ideals of society
The Villain
The Father
Mr.Perry
dominating
inconsiderate
stern

Wants to protect Neil
The Mother
Mrs. Perry

Gave birth, nourish him, care for him

Small role

Does not support Neil
The Victim/Scapegoat
John Keating
courageous
strong

Accept consequences

Take blame for Mr. Perry
The Ruler
Gale Nolan (headmaster)
powerful
wealthy

Punish and reward
The Sinner
Charlie Dalton

Slipped article into newspaper

Exploit Dead Poets Society

Feel guilty

Want forgiveness for betrayal
Todd Anderson

Does not belong

Discover himself
feels lost when Neil commits suicide

Misunderstood by parents
Kissing the girl

Confessing to Christine

Recalling Christine when explaining what happened at the dinner with Danburry's

Knox staring at Christine when she was cheerleading for her boyfriend
Accepted Knox's invitation to see Neil's play "Midsummer Nights Dream"


Other Symbols (cont.)
The Lover
Knox Overstreet

Loves Christine

Governed by emotions

Make illogical and rash decisions
Phallic/Yonic
Phallic
cigarette
gun
saxophone
lipstick

Yonic
cave
dorm room
/lounge room
Other Symbols
Number 7

Red

Lightness

Darkness

The Sun

Water
Presented by: Jessica Ma, Jessica Chan, Nirmal, Hetavi, Alex, and Jacky
recalls the situation when confessing what the group has done at the Headmaster's office
She remembers Knox confessing, bringing flowers, and reciting a poem
Chris unconsciously admired Knox and liked his sweet gestures even though she had a boyfriend
does the phone call to "God" during the assembly
used lipstick to draw on his face
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