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Dead Poets Society Review

769 words - 4 pages

Film title and date: Dead Poets Society, 1989
Director: Peter Weir
Actors playing the teacher(s): Robin Williams plays the role of Mr. Keating.
Context: John Keating is an English teacher who has passion for teaching. He is different from other teachers. He uses unique methods to enlighten students. He told his students about Dead Poets Society and encourages them to discover love and passion in life. Each of his students is inspired in their own way and their lives have changed.
View of teaching: Mr. Keating is different from other teachers. He taught in a way that his students would have never learned from any other teacher. His students turned to enthusiastic about poems, savor their ...view middle of the document...

Describe Teacher(s): (background, education, gender, race, age, etc.): John Keating – a teacher form English department. Honor of graduate school; has been teaching at the highly regarded Chester School in London.
Give two salient quotations from the film:
Seize the day “Cape Diem, make your lives extraordinary.
Look at legacy, give them dream and hope
In my class you will learn to think for yourself again. You will learn to savor words and language. Don’t be constrained by the past.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race, and the human race if filled with passion.
“We must constantly look at things in a different way; you must strive to find your own voice.”
Themes:
1. Carpe Diem
2. Boys striving for self-realization
3. Put up with authority
4. Realism v.s idealism
5. Family pressure
6. rebellion
Critical thinking skill(s) I used to evaluate this film:
Keating’s teaching philosophy leads to an unexpected tragedy. School blames him for this tragedy and there must be someone who will take responsibility for it even...

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