Teaching and the movies: The Dead Poets Society Louise Davidson Pre-service teacher, University of New England This paper is one of three articles by pre-service teachers examining the representation of teachers in popular films. The three authors are each completing their first year of the Bachelor of Education Primary at the University of New England, Armidale.
Anne Strong Mentor Figure: Mr Keating, an iconic example of the Great Teacher type. Big Social Problem as subtext: Class divide is also mildly at play in the relationship between Knox and Chris—Chris goes to the public high school—though this would have been more of an issue in whatever if the gender roles were swapped.
Cameron is the most hypocritical character. Starts by making fun of the new kid, but wants to join the club. A clear Point of No Return: The moment when the Protagonist knows they can never go back to the way things used to be.
The literal PONR of course is when he pulls the trigger. Win-but-lose, lose-but-win bittersweet ending: The bittersweet ending belongs to Keating, who loses his job and his career over his unorthodox methods, but goes away with proof that he has made a positive difference in the lives of most of the boys.
What is the Point of View? What is the Narrative Device? There are other ways of doing things. It feels a bit like The Great Gatsby in terms of the POV, with story being mostly about Neil, and Todd being an observer, but ultimately Neil dies and Todd is changed by the events of the story.
What are the Objects of Desire, in other words, wants and needs? Neil to actTodd to blend inKnox get the girlCharlie Dalton does he even know?
Valerie Everything in this film is on theme. Note similarities to Billy Elliot.
A young man young person striking out on his own to do the thing he loves, even when especially when peers and power structure try to force them down another path. Even seemingly small issues on theme: The fact that they meet in a cave: Protagonists mature when they recognize the power stacked against them and that freedom or change is not instant or easy, but in spite of that, continue to embrace small actions of revolution.
On further reflection, we think the Global Genre is more likely Society and that it ends negatively. Tyranny prevails when the underclass accedes to its demands. Kim Beginning Hook Mr. Boys experience their first class with Mr.
Every class with Keating feels like progressive revelations! Ultimately they are so intrigued by him they look him up in his old annual and find out he was part of the Dead Poets Society. They ask him about it.
Freedom of expression VS. They decide to sneak out that night. The boys hold their first Dead Poets Society meeting in the cave. Middle Build The boys continue to grow in independence and free thinking under the radar, each has a personal turning point until the existing power gets wise and doubles down.
Neil decides he wants to be an actor, and he tries out for a play without telling his father. This is a Best Bad Choice: Talk to his father, be honest, and face his wrath and consequences or stay silent and lose his spirit?
They all go to the play, and Neil performs beautifully. An investigation pins his death on Mr. Keating, and the boys are forced to sign a statement or be expelled.Abstract. Dead Poets Society is a moving and inspiring movie, in which English professor John Keating encourages his students to ‘seize the day’ (carpe diem) and live life to the fullest by introducing poems and essays to them.
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The damaging effects of conformity, beautiful sense of nature, and emphasis of simplicity and individuality are shown in many elements throughout Dead Poet’s Society and are ultimately highlighted by Emerson and Thoreau’s philosophies, making the overall concept of transcendentalism understood.
Rhetorical Analysis Outline: Mr. Keating’s first day of class, Dead Poets Society Posted on October 5, by Aaron Dennis Mr. Keating takes an unconventional approach to establish his ethos and uses pathos to convince his students the value of seizing the day.