The Importance Of Individuality In The Film "The Dead Poets Society"

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“Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, ‘Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ Don't be resigned to that. Break out!”—John Keating (Robin Williams)
As the above quote says, one should never be resigned to dullness, but instead you should break out and try something new. It is our differences that make us great. However, one cannot expect to be different if they never express themselves or speak up. Director Peter Weir, director of The Truman Show, presents the importance of individuality and speaking up in his movie Dead Poets Society, a fictional but realistic story that tells the story of a group of friends at the Wellington Academy prep school and their interactions with their new English teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams). Keating teaches the boys life lessons through some interesting teaching methods that end up changing his students’ approach to life’s challenging situations.
Throughout watching Dead Poets Society, I found myself liking the movie more and more as it progressed. I believe this came through the interesting plot, which I felt was well-written and contained enough twists and turns to take the story in a totally different direction than I anticipated. Another reason I enjoyed this movie was because it incorporated humor. I feel that without humor, this movie would not have been as interesting. And finally, I liked this movie because although the acting was sometimes a bit phony, the characters played themselves in a way that was enjoyable, but more importantly they played themselves in a manner that was relatable.
Dead Poets Society really benefited from a well-written plot. From the beginning, I was hooked into the movie’s storyline. Keating’s interesting methods were fun to watch and the quotes he presented to his class gave me something to think about. For example, on the first day of class, Keating takes his students out into the hall to look upon the former scholars of Wellington Academy. As the students are gazing at the pictures of the...

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