Throughout the history, mankind have worked tirelessly to influence one another's way of thinking, view of the world, and manner of living. "One person knew what's best for another", this thought grew right from the existence of men, but we have also pushed this thought onto every younger generations of free thinkers.
The ideas, hopes, dreams, and passions of all these younger generations are virtually shattered under an umbrella of conformist thinking, and beliefs. We still view free thinkers, idealists, and those who go against the 'system' as ones to be feared, and name them as 'Rebels'. Yet within a film named "Dead Poets Society", one begins to see how this cycle can be broken by only a handful of people, willing to fight the tide, and do things their way no matter what the cost.
John Keating is a new English teacher in Welton Academy, with a passion for poetry. When he returns to his own strict childhood school to teach, his unconventional methods quickly prove to be inspirational to a group of students. He inspires them to pursue their desires and live life to the fullest.
The students re-institute a secret society that Keating used to run called the 'Dead Poets Society'. The society meet in an old cave and recite famous poetry and works of their own. Problems soon start to arise when the actions of the students become unfavorable with the conformist attitudes of both the school and the boys parents.
The acting in the film is absolutely superb, especially considering the young acting cast. Robin Williams as the eccentric english teacher 'Keating' ,motivates us to be free thinkers. He also gives a good dash of humor to help us cope with the sad events in the story.
The movie is not about poetry, and literature, it's about understanding one's passion in life. Significant experiences are the twists in our life.These are the moments that create change not only in one's present period of life, but also alters one's view of surrounding and forthcoming events.
"Dead Poets Society" could help students to know about the significance of free thinking, and inspires adults to do things different.We shouldn't challenge the kids, but we should broaden their horizons and encourage them to follow their own dreams.
"Carpe diem.Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”
“You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all.”