Dead Poets Society Archetypes

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The Dead Poets Society is an American Drama film that was directed by Peter Weir and with much acclaim received an Academy Award for the best original screenplay of 1990. The movie struck an amazing story with its talented actors and great uses of archetypes. One of the main characters, Mr. Keating was a previous student at Welton Academy located in Vermont, an astute private all-boys prep school. As a teacher from London he now returns to teach English and Literature at the school he once learned at. He approaches teaching in a different manner from the other militant professors and inspires his students through the art of Poetry. His methods of teaching could be controversial but it comes down to the opinion on whether he meets some…show more content…
Keating is not a bad teacher in the sense that he’s a bad person, he’s an amazing person. He’s a bad teacher in the sense of his teaching methods at a real academic standpoint. He didn’t further advance the students learning on Literature and poetry, he used his own methods that engendered thinking but nowhere for that thinking to be put to use. He steered his students off course due to his avuncular personality. The kids were used to very stern teachers and I personally believe that because of that personality they took advantage of him and didn't have as much respect as a normal Welton professor. He governed his students with a different perspective and nurturing care, not out of fear. He wanted his students to find themselves and make them show their true colors, unlike the normal teachers which kept the students are black and…show more content…
Keating was a teacher that could perceive as good or bad in different situations. A bad teacher is not a bad person, but a bad teacher can be a bad teacher due to his ways of teaching. He steered his students off the mundane course that was set by Welton and their parents. This could be seen as good due to the fact that he gave them a different outlook on life and helped them gain the confidence to make their own decisions. It could also be seen as bad because he failed to give them a proper education. At the end of the movie, my favorite quote of his was Carpe Diem; seize the day, and due to his lessons, a lot of his students
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