Essay Comparing Dead Poets Society And A Midsummer Night's Dream

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The movie, Dead Poets Society, and the poem, My Papa’s Waltz, both show the main theme of what nonconformity can lead to. In Dead Poets Society, Mr. Keating is new to a preparatory school in which shortly he creates tight bonds with the boys in his English class. He uses unique teaching methods and he wants them to pursue their dreams and seize the day. The poem, My Papa’s Waltz, is about the pressures that a parents put on their kid to be the “perfect child”, which happens to be connected to the movie in which Neil and his parents have the same relationship. 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. Neil is a nonconformist when he auditions and receives a main part in a play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. When Neil gets expelled and forced to attend a…show more content…
The first difference between the two is timing in which the theme is first displayed and developed. It is first seen in Dead Poets Society during the whole scene where Mr. Keating teaches them about real life examples of conformity, at the middle of the movie. The main part of the theme is actually shown when Neil kills himself due to the fact that becoming an actor does not comply with his father. There are similar ideas regarding the bond the two characters within their movie or poem. They are both in a toxic relationship with their fathers because they are the “perfect
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