Essay Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society Essay

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Literary Essay – Dead Poets Society

	Bill Beattie once said, "The aim of education should be to teach us how to think rather than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men." All too often, however, individual thoughts are crushed by the powerful weight of conformity. In the film Dead Poets Society, conformity exercises it’s influence and the results prove disastrous for some. For others, the effect of conformity compels them towards individual strength and the discovery of one’s true self.

	Modern education is one of the largest "offenders" when it comes to conformity, and that point is…show more content…

Perhaps they were clapping because everyone else was clapping, or perhaps they were just having a good time. However, it cannot be disputed that the group conformed without thinking.

	All too often, the words of the textbook are considered undisputed fact. All chemistry textbooks will list the elements with the same symbols and all Latin textbooks will list approximately the same translations. The poetry textbook, written by a Dr. Pritchett, attempts to lump words that are meant to touch the heart into the same factual categories of math and the sciences. Can Dr. Pritchett’s method of analyzing poetry by graphing its importance and perfection be used to measure what one feels? More importantly, is Dr. Pritchett’s method the only method that one must use when measuring the greatness of poetry and can poetry be looked at using only the mind and not the heart?

	Mr. Keating did not feel that poetry was meant to be analyzed using measurable techniques but rather through the feelings of one’s heart. He summed up his feelings on Dr. Pritchett’s method of measuring the greatness of poetry in one word, "Excrement."

	He took his class on a journey of self-discovery, a journey where they learned that there is not always a right answer or a wrong one. In order to find one’s true self, one must learn to resist conformity and walk one’s own way, as was illustrated in the lesson out in the courtyard. He taught them

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Dead Poets Society Essay

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This movie reminds me how people can come along and touch our lives in astonishing ways. Growing up without my parents, I had numerous individuals telling me how to mature into a successful citizen. They would tell me the steps I need to take; the career I would need to attain to make my mark in this world. As Neil’s father, they meant well but, it can become a little overwhelming at times. I, specifically, remember as a youth when I was working in the neighborhood mowing and raking yards for extra money. I had this old gentleman tell me “work hard, always do my best and always remember, you are the gardener of your mind.” I did not think much of it, at the time but, as I watched the movie; I reflect back on that particular part of my…show more content…

This movie reminds me how people can come along and touch our lives in astonishing ways. Growing up without my parents, I had numerous individuals telling me how to mature into a successful citizen. They would tell me the steps I need to take; the career I would need to attain to make my mark in this world. As Neil’s father, they meant well but, it can become a little overwhelming at times. I, specifically, remember as a youth when I was working in the neighborhood mowing and raking yards for extra money. I had this old gentleman tell me “work hard, always do my best and always remember, you are the gardener of your mind.” I did not think much of it, at the time but, as I watched the movie; I reflect back on that particular part of my life. This was the case with Mr. Keating role in the movie. He taught the boys so many lessons that would impact them as individuals for the rest of their lives. By exploring the scenes from the movie, we can see just how important the lessons were that Mr. Keating was trying to teach his students.
As he reminded them to seize each day and cherish them as their last. We appear to live in a society that advocates the opposite. Today’s society, everything seems to be about speed. There's fast food, online dating, voice dialing, and faster internet. Faster internet allows us to participate in more social networks and build meaningless relationships with as many people as possible; which result in us going through life looking for results and not

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