Neil’s roommate, Todd Anderson, attempts to persuade him not to go against his father’s wishes and anger him. Not worried about how his father would react, Neil auditions and lands the lead role. Upon finding out he will perform the lead role, Neil starts forging a letter from his father to the headmaster stating that Neil can be in the play. When it comes time for the play, Neil puts on an amazing show, that was attended by his classmates and Mr. Keating, only to realize his father was in the audience. Angry at his son’s actions, his father takes him where his mother is waiting, so they can discuss Neil’s actions.
Both the movie and the poem display the idea of compliance with social standards forced on the main characters featured in them, revealed in the works. The movie unveils Neil’s conformity struggles with his tragic suicide, due to the fact that his father hates that he his an aspiring actor. Dead Poets Society has revealed how conformity to Neil’s father’s wishes weren’t what Neil wanted to pursue in his life. He fell in love with acting, and Mr. Keaton inspired him to pursue his dreams. Unfortunately, his dad pressured him to do well in academics, in hopes of him becoming a doctor.
At the beginning of this movie, Todd was just the new kid who wanted nothing more than to just blend in and make good grades. However, Mr. Keating takes a special interest in Todd to help him discover who he is and what he stands for. Throughout the film, Todd comes out of his shell, allowing the viewers to see and relate to who he really is. However, it is not until the very last scene, that Todd completely denounces society’s rules in front of the headmaster. He disregards all punishment and repercussions that might occur in order to figuratively and literally stand up for what is right, which in this case is Mr. Keating.
Keating, has no problem rebelling against authority figures when he thinks that they are suppressing his mind or opinion. For instance, when the boys stood on their desks in respect for Mr. Keating, Mr. Nolan told him to leave as he was standing in the doorway watching: “Thank you, boys. Thank you” (Williams). Furthermore, while Keating was teaching he told the boys to rip the first section out of their books, when they hesitated he said “It’s not the Bible, you’re not gonna go to Hell for this,” (Williams). Moreover, Keating also told his students “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world,” (Williams).
In addition, when Mr. Antolini who was his English teacher teaches Holden the importance of getting academic experience by going to the school, Holden did not pay so much attention to what Mr. Antolini says. But, after he goes back to home, he decides to go a school again. It means that his thought is changed through his process of constructing identity, and probably his idea towards identity is changed, too. There is one more evidence that shows his way of thinking becomes different from before. In the last chapter, he says, "I sort of miss everybody I told about" (214).
Hundert is a history teacher at a boarding school called St. Benedict School, he teaches his students about the “ideals of great men before them.” Hundert attempts to “mold” (p.163) the characters of his students, specifically Sedgewick Bell. As he interacts with Sedgwick over the course of the year, he usually states that he failed to live up to his “code of morals.” Through the text Hundert has changed, or developed, his actions according to the situation he’s in. Hundert sees himself playing an important role in his students’ lives as he describes his classroom as a “tribute to the lofty ideals of man, which I hoped to inspire my boys, at the same time to fleeing nature of nature accomplishment, which I hoped would temper their ambition with humility,” (p.156-157). His expectations of his students are set high that he
Everyday Braxton goes to school and does the correct things needed to be known as a good kid. One day a fight happens in front of Braxton and tries to break the fight up, instead of breaking the fight up, Braxton ends up being fought also. He is told that he is punished instead of helped. In the short run everyone thinks he will learn from his mistakes, in the long run, this is ran through all of the colleges and nobody accepts him, Braxton drops out. When it comes to student misbehavior, most schools have long practiced a basic system of crime and punishment, isolating the perceived “offender” through detention or suspension.
In Dead Poets Society there are two major conflicts. The first conflict that is brought to attention is when Neil 's father tells Neil to drop his electives for acting towards the beginning of the movie. The conflict did become noticeable until Neil and his classmates learned the meaning of carpe diem. Mr. Keating taught his class the meaning of carpe diem by the glass windows when he was showing his classmates pictures of the previous classes. Mr. Keating even incorporated the first few lines of “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”.
After Senator Bell had the meeting with Mr. Hundert, he called his son to inform him that he had wasted his time going to his school to meet Mr. Hundert because of Sedgwick’s behavior. Mr. Hundert realized that Sedgewick behavior slightly changed after his father called him, so Mr. Hundert decided to take Sedgwick under his wing, and become a father figure to him and mentor him. Sedgewick behavior throughout the movie was proven to be unethical and unprincipled. His action during both the Mr. Julius Caesar Contest showed that it was all about his self-interest, egoism, and no one else. In the first competition he had flash cards in his toga, so every time he would forget the answer, he would pretend to rub his forehead but really looking inside his toga at the answers, and then respond to the answer.
Their teacher, who convinced them to join, said it was good fighting for your country. But as they start fighting, the boys start to realize it is nothing like they were told, or imagined. Paul goes through absurdism where he goes through an unconscious living, and as a response at the end he gives in. Paul Baumer goes through an unconscious living near the middle of the book. First, he was looking for pleasure, because when he was with his
By analysing the boy’s situation, it will show how he was helped by mentors on his way to becoming a gastroenterologist. Growing up in a Chinese household, Dennis was constantly being pressured by his parents to do well in school, have a successful future, and obey the rules his parents set. He was always kept away from distractions and pushed to focus on his grades. For example, one Christmas, Dennis started dropping hints that he wanted a game station, but instead his parents gave him a
Hypocrites conceal their true identity to judge others based on their own ideals, yet neglect to follow the same values themselves. The book The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger, is a coming of age story featuring a character named Holden Caulfield. Holden has recently been expelled from his school, Pencey Prep, when the story begins and follows him on his procrastinated journey home. Holden believes that everyone should abide by his standard of be who they really are, and anyone who is slightly dishonest or genuine is a “phony”. Throughout the novel he constantly judges other people and the world from his perspective of how everything should be, yet he fails to realise his own flaws.
The teacher asked the class if everyone in the class had a turn and one boy put his hand in the air even though he had a turn. The teacher knew he had already went, but in the eyes of the students they may have thought he did not get a proper turn. Later in the chapter, Eddie talks about a time he mad a mess and told his father it was on accident, but it was a lie to cover up the truth. The conversation caused the teacher to ask the student’s to do a skit, Wally had to hide a picture somewhere in the room. Wally hid the picture and when the class came back together the teacher asked where the picture went.
When most children grow up, the world revolves around them. Boy’s life, written by Robert McCammon shows a perspective of another boy, in another town, another time period, about his story of growing up. They only think about their hometown and what happens, when you grow up you know nothing of terrorist groups or presidential elections, it is all about you and your family. Boy’s life gives the readers a story to think about differentiating from this novel and their childhood. This develops on the reader with some disturbing scenes, however this book is obligated to stay in the curriculum because of the lessons that it educates the readers.