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Dead Poets Society

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Belinda Ennis

on 22 May 2013

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Transcript of Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society presented by Belinda Ennis Parental/Academic
Pressures and Identity Crisis Carpe Diem Supporting examples Supporting Examples Analysis Supporting Examples and
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Analysis Characters included in supporting evidence Overview of Themes Background Knowledge Written by Tom Schulman
Directed by Peter Weir
Released in 1898 by Touchstone Pictures
Main actors were Robin Williams, Robert Sean
Leonard, and Ethan Hawke The issues and topics shown in Dead Poets Society concerning popular teenage culture from the late
80s to present day include:

Parental/academic pressures

Identity struggles

Desire to live life to the fullest extent John Keating - new teacher at the all-male boarding
school where the film takes place.
Neil Perry - brilliant student with an overbearing
father and an ambition to become an actor.
Mr. Perry - Neil's father.
Mr. Nolan - headmaster at the boarding school.
Charlie (minor character)
Knox (minor character) Two simple actions by Neil's father demonstrate the high
expectations and pressure parents can place on their
children:
- exchange between Mr. Perry and Mr. Nolan
- cuts Neil's extracurricular activities

Many parents visualize what they expect their
children to become and achieve.
Positive results can be yielded from such pressures;
however, the negatives outweigh them by far. - The film shows a series of rigorous, demanding classes -
students appear exhausted and stressed.

School is in most cases a main source of anxiety and stress in teenagers' lives.

- Seven Hills High School survey - John Keating's exercise as a lesson
- taught about conformity, acceptance, and maintaining
your own beliefs

Nature of change, the need to be an individual,
and the craving for acceptance.
Adolescents struggle to develop and maintain
their own "walk". - Mr. Perry's decision after the play and Neil's
suicide that follows after.

Lack of acceptance and denied opportunities
ultimately led to Neil's suicide.
Teenagers tend to fight to protect what they
are most sure of in themselves, no matter
the cost. - Knox's "seizing the day"


- a recent carpe diem paraphrasing by
today's teen generation... - Teenage stereotype in regard to decision-making

- Most teenager's understanding of carpe diem often
consists of bonehead moves
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