Angry at his son’s actions, his father takes him where his mother is waiting, so they can discuss Neil’s actions. His father demands that Neil goes to military school prior to medical school. But Neil argues against it saying he does not want to go. In the end, Neil cannot come to terms with what his father demands from him and commits suicide. Because of his suicide, the boys are instructed by the headmaster to put the blame on Mr. Keating.
In Perry’s case the environment around him allowed him to never be taught right from wrong he was never shown how to treat other people. If Perry would have had parents who were not fighting each other and payed more attention to him, Perry would have never become a killer. On the other hand, there is no explanation to why Dick was the way he was. Nurture was overpowered by nature, but if Dick was able to college maybe he would not have acted upon the urges that he had. Nurture could have allowed both of these men to not be involved in a killing that not only ended the lives of four innocent people but ended their
First, Because feelings are so distracting, people cannot focus on fulfilling their purpose. This can be seen in many instances, for example we see this first with Neil Perry when “He becomes distracted from finding his purpose as an actor when his father tells him that he is removing him from school and sending him to Military school and that he is to become a doctor one day.” (The Dead Poets Society). We can see that Neil’s goal is to become an actor one day, however, his dad believes
Early on, he had very little moral direction, with “no rule or discipline, or anyone to show [him] right from wrong” (Capote 275). Because of the lack of attention he received as a child, Perry grew up directionless, not knowing a life apart from abuse and neglect, eventually turning to illegal means as a way to deal with the difficulties of his adult life. On the other hand, Nathan’s childhood is unknown, and his life in the book starts with the tent revivals he preached at in Pearl, Mississippi. Obviously, Nathan’s life is shaped by religion, which becomes difficult for him to come to terms with after his experience in the war. After narrowly avoiding death with his fellow soldiers in the Bataan Death March, Nathan’s religion twists into a
This shows that Perry had some issues with his father, which could have affected his personality later on, as one needs to feel the love of a parent. Water is a scarce resource; by using "wasted water" this may imply that Perry's love lasts only for a certain amount of time. Another simile used in the novel was ‘white as a ghost’, which provides a chilling tone. Additionally it reveals Perry's delicate side, because ‘white’ has innocent and pure connotations while ghost has frightening connotations. The use of the simile plays a big role in this as it emphasizes the great amount of fear Perry endured while committing the
Although Perry is responsible for the murder of four innocent people, Perry’s actions do not reflect on who he is as a person because he is easily influenced, therefore; showing how easily people can be pressured into doing something they would not typically do. Dick, a violent, cold-hearted, manipulator, has molded Perry into the person he is today. As Perry is a follower, Dick has taken advantage of that by turning Perry into the cold-blooded killer he is today. Capote displays Dick’s manipulation of Perry through symbolism to make evident that while Perry did pull the trigger on four innocent people, although the fault does not entirely lay on him, as he was taken advantage of by Dick. As Capote gives insight to Dick’s viscous personality, he symbolizes Perry to further display how Dick manipulates him.
Todd interprets Keating’s lesson and overcomes his phobia of public speaking, which results in expulsion from the academy. Consequently, Keating’s failure to teach students responsibility results in students blaming their teacher for their
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
Nate started visiting his children to check on them and helped his father with his work. Not only that, but he became the lawyer for Rachel Lane protecting her inheritance from the rest of the Phelan’s family. Nate does really well in this and he confuted many of the ironic things being mentioned or stated about the bad usage of money the Phelan’s children and wives had spent on. Nate changes in a better way where he started to interact with his family more and he also helped others such as being the lawyer for
And when in the next lesson Keating enters the classroom for personal things, Todd gets on the desk and says: "Oh, captain, my captain!". Coming back to the point of leadership, it is important to mention that we have 2 main adults in the movie: Mr. Keating and Mr. Nolan. Mr Nolan in comparison to Mr. Keating prefers more traditional and authoritarian ways of teaching. Furthermore, Leader Effectiveness is the leadership criteria, which means how effective is one in performing as a leader (Robbin & Judge, 2013). it is undeniably clear that Mr. Keating is shown as a strong leader, who is working on his goals and ideas.