The dead poets society

             The four pillars of Welton Academy, tradition, excellence, honor, and discipline, show the boys what is expected of them. At Welton, that means traditional teaching methods, teachers and a very traditional curriculum. Mr. Keating challenges this tradition. The boys in Mr. Keating's class are open to new things. They are teenagers who are ready to take on anything new that comes their way. Mr. Keating tries to teach them self-realization, conformity, and individuality.
             Welton is there to turn young boys into businessmen, doctors, lawyers and other good professions. It's not to turn boys into actors, poets or creative people who do not have ambitions for these high professions. Mr. Keating is an exception. By just mentioning the Dead Poet's Society that he once led, he showed his yearning for the boys to find their inner self and trust it. He wanted the boys to discover themselves through the meetings and express themselves.
             Mr. Keating challenges Welton's tradition it by encouraging the boys to think and act for themselves, to be there own person and not conform if it is not what they want to do. He gives off the impression that taking risks and breaking the rules to find pleasure is ok to do. Conformity is mainly in the relationship between Neil and his father. All Neil wants to do is become an actor and to live out his dreams. His dad takes no nonsense or disobedience. He will never give Neil the chance to express his own feelings about his own future. He can't see Neil's pain and anger and ends up pushing him too far.
             Individuality is both internal and universal, it's inside people and everybody has it. The kind of individuality showed in this movie is expressed as a change from tradition. In one scene Mr. Keating tells his students to stand on top of the teacher's desk, and explains that the reason for doing it is to experience a different view of the world, to see the same thin...

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