In doing so the characters were punished for not conforming to both the school of Welton and their parents. In the movie many characters showed traits of transcendentalism, for example Neil Perry showed many signs of nonconformity towards his father by not listening to his command to become a doctor. Knox Overstreet showed during the film human potential by trying to believe in himself and trying to get a girl from another school. Finally Todd Anderson who experienced truth through observation by attending the Dead Poets meeting and later by joining the activities the Society does. If you look hard enough in any book,movie, or play you will always find some form of transcendentalism every single time and that will never change.
Throughout the movie, Neil went to a cave away from people. Furthermore, Neil’s friends joined him to have fun with the Dead Poets Society, a group Neil recreated after hearing that his professor, Mr. Keating, had been involved in when he was a student at Welton. Overall, Neil Perry was a great example of transcendentalism throughout the entire movie. One transcendental quality Neil possessed was his love for the beauty of words. Neil Perry was a good student; he wanted to do what was best for him and not what his mom and dad wanted.
And for the first time, I’m gonna do it!” (Dead Poets Society) referring to the fact that he wants to be an actor, not a Physician. A famous poet and Transcendentalist once said, “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string” (Emerson 246) referring to the tenet that inspirations can be found in intuition with no real understanding of why, but a complete understanding of accepting it as fate. While Neil does not know where his desire to act came from, he accepts it without question and performs. Neil Perry relates to Transcendentalism in many ways; the biggest connection being that he accepts his desire to act over his planned future; however, Neil fails to understand the tenet that “the individual is
The English teacher, Mr. Keating, tells his students about the Dead Poets Society. Mr. Keating’s teaching methods are unorthodox. He teaches his students to look at poetry from a different perspective and to, “Seize the day” (Dead Poets Society). Neil Perry’s father, Mr. Perry, is the villain of the film. Mr. Perry constantly reinforces his high expectations for his son Neil.
Ralph Waldo Emerson plays a big role in the Transcendentalist movement that occurred in the USA during the nineteenth century. Transcendentalism was a philosophical movement that is about establishing a personal intuitive communication with god and nature. They think that person can transcend the physical world and unite with the over soul. According to Anderson 'Self-Reliance' argued that intuition is the 'the essence of genius, of virtue, of life.' The transcendentalists believed that the universe was guided by an all-encompassing and vital energy called the 'Over-Soul.'
All his life Neil had been obedient to his father, until English teacher John Keating instilled some spirit in him and helped Neil pursue acting, an art Neil has always admired. After auditioning, he received the lead role in the play and processed to forge a permission slip to give to the headmaster so he could attend rehearsal; this is the first time Neil has done anything against his father’s wishes. Eventually, Mr. Perry hears about his son’s doing and goes to the school demanding him to quit the play, command Neil only pretends to obey. On opening night, Mr. Perry shows up and stays to watch the show, although he is not
The Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session was formed to escape this pressure, which later ended in tragedy from Finny’s death. In Dead Poets Society, Neil Perry is the main character who is controlled by his parents. Mr. Perry makes decisions for Neil and had his whole life planned accordingly for Neil. Neil absolutely loved acting, but his overbearing father refused to let him follow his true passion. This constant pressure also caused tragedy when Neil Perry took his own life because of his
In the movie Dead Poets Society, Peter Weir, the director, creates continuous tension by superimposing the two main opposing themes of individuality and conformity through various camera and mise-en-scene codes. By choosing between diverse camera positions and angles, as well as deliberately placing important objects in various settings, he elegantly exemplifies the contrast between the school’s ethics of conformity and Mr. Keating’s teachings of individuality. This contrast is tangible in both Neil’s suicide scene and the closing scene. In the scene showing Neil’s suicide, Peter Weir uses diverse settings to contrast Neil’s craving for individuality with his father’s devotion to traditions. In the shot where Neil removes his clothes, the foreground clearly shows his crown and school jacket placed on the chair side by side.
Choice is an opportunity often deprived by parents. Neil’s parents gave him a bright future as they sacrificed immensely for him to be in the top school which was Welton Academy.In addition, Mr Perry even gave extra attention to Neil’s activity in the school.Neil’s naivety caused him to see this matter in a different perspective; his father’s approach made him feel that he had no liberty . Neil’s willingness to pursue medicine was only to agree with Mr. Perry’s authority in Neil’s life although Neil had a strong desire to pursue in acting. Mr Perry repudiated Neil to be involved in the production of the school -as Mr. Perry wanted Neil to pivot his mind on academic matters. When Mr Perry perceived that Neil participated in acting, he callously told Neil to stop.
With the fear of living in the shadow of his brother, Anderson is a little worried. Throughout the movie The Dead Poets Society Anderson changes and insecure person into a strong and courageous character. Todd’s confidence grows and he changes through his experiences; one experiences being when he reluctantly joins The Dead Poets Society. Todd Anderson is the new kid at Welton school. He is not only new, but he is very shy and doesn’t enjoy stepping out of his comfort zone.