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Die Welle vs. Dead Poets Society

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Transcript of Die Welle vs. Dead Poets Society

Die Welle
vs.
Dead Poets Society

Die Welle
:
a summary
Die Welle
is the German take on the American film
The Wave
. It tells the story of a teacher who attempts to show his students the reality of fascism by beginning a club, Die Welle, which allows the students to conform to fascist standards. The project gets out of hand and ends in tragedy, exemplifying the dangers of fascism.
Individuality vs. Unity
Individuality vs. Unity Continued
Individuality
Dead Poets Society:
Marching. there is a scene in the film where Professor Keating takes his students outside and instructs them to march. He encourages them to march not in unison, but just as they want to. He uses this physical exercise to illustrate the importance of individuality.

"If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away."
-Thoreau


Leadership
Dead Poets Society:
Mr. Keating.
Although Keating's views on education and individuality impacted the students positively, the school's administration was scandalized by his transcendentalist beliefs and what they assumed were the effects of his poisonous ideas. Keating was forced out of his position.
Individuality
Karo:
originally a member of Die Welle, Karo left the group when she saw the negative side of it. She saw bullying based on the strength of the group, and the fascist environment demanded complete conformity.

"Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison." -Thoreau
Unity
Tim
: before he joined Die Welle, Tim was a social outcast. Die Welle proposed a uniform of white shirts, and this uniform gave Tim security, because finally he looked just like everyone else. Die Welle also gave Tim a purpose; he felt useful and needed because of Die Welle.

"A common and natural result of an undue respect of law is, that you may see a file of soldiers...marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars" -Thoreau
Unity
Die Welle:
Marching. When faced with a disruptive class, Herr Wenger, the teacher and leader of Die Welle, commands his students to march. Although they are off-beat at first, the students soon fall into a common rhythm. The force of their unified marching shakes the floor, physically demonstrating the power of the students when they are unified. The image created by the uniformed mass is one not unlike a flock of sheep.
Die Welle
Herr Wenger.
What began as a mere experiment designed to warn students against fascism ended in tragedy when Tim, unwilling to forgo his place as a member of Die Welle, shot a student and committed suicide. Herr Wenger was removed from his position and given a new one, in prison.

All quotes found:

Thoreau, Henry; "Civil Disobedience"
Chloe Games
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