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Dead Poets Society

By Meagan West

In the movie “Dead Poet Society” the theme involves on the idea of traditional values, and shows the importance of individuality in a traditional society. In today’s society we follow the norm and don’t test the boundaries to see what we can achieve. The “Dead Poet Society” proves that every human being is capable of the unthinkable, but it is up to the people to push themselves to the next level. One cannot go through life living and staying in the interests of what seems suitable, but rather the person needs to form their own interests and persevere further to improve their lives. By putting traditional values aside and living through will and wit, one will find themself living a wonderful life, and a life that is filled by ambition and self fulfilment.

The movie starts out with a general focus on a group of boys in a private school. The school is a classic example of traditional values because it is an all boys’ school in which everyone wears a matching uniform. The students were sent to this high school by their parents with the expectations of achieving good grades while receiving a high class education. It is obvious that not everyone wanted to be in this traditional environment, but they still stayed and were sucked into a ‘obey the rules’ way of living. The teachers were very firm with the students and had a unique style of teaching. One of the main key features pointed out in the movie were the bars on the school window. The bars represent imprisonment to the students. They have been restricted to the limits.

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In life everyone needs to have positive role models, and in this case Mr. Keating was that person. A couple of times in the movie a pack of swallows would be shown, then one after another, they would leave. This was symbolising the students in which how they used to rely on others and not think for themselves, but Mr. Keating had changed this. He taught his classes through poetry, and showed them the truths that lay behind the Dead Poet Society. A group of about fifteen soon joined what they called the Dead Poet Society. It was through ...

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