Civil Disobedience In Dead Poet's Society

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The dramatic coming-of-age film Dead Poet’s Society follows a group of young as they attend Welton Academy, an ultra conservative all-boys preparatory school, in 1959. Enthralled and inspired by the unconventional musings of their new English teacher, Mr. Keating, each of the students embark on a powerful journey of self-discovery, reflecting core transcendental themes of civil disobedience, non-conformity, and self-reliance. Heeding the mantra of their eccentric professor, the film’s characters learn they must rebel against societal conformity and willingly accept the consequences to truly seize the day and make life extraordinary. Aware of the repercussions of their bold and brazen actions, three of the film’s central characters undergo a process of igniting change to…show more content…
For example, lovesick Knox Overstreet meets Chris, the girl of his dreams, and daringly pursues her even though she has boyfriend. At a party, Knox casts aside logic and blatantly kisses her in full view of her beau, cognizant he will receive a beating for it. Opting against the normal, accepted behavior of restraint, the young man grasps the opportunity to show Chris how he feels about her, despite the promise of physical retribution from Chet. In like manner, Charlie Dalton publishes an article in the school newspaper, on behalf of the Dead Poet’s Society, endorsing female admittance to Welton Academy. The angry headmaster, Nolan, convenes a school-wide meeting to uncover the offensive members he believes responsible for undermining his authority and challenging the long-standing school custom of “boys only.” In front of the entire school, Charlie daringly stands up to Nolan and the school policy, mindful of his fate of corporal punishment and possible expulsion, and claims his involvement but protects the rest of the group. Prepared for the consequences of his actions, Charlie stands up to authority,
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