There is no denying the strain for uplift that sustains this picture, written by Tom Schulman and directed by Peter Weir. John Keating, the new poetry teacher at prestigious Welton Academy, played by Robin Williams, doesn’t deliver lectures. He offers Walt Whitman-flavored life lessons. His prep-school students, played by the likes of Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke, lap up his words like little puppies, addressing their teacher as “O captain, my captain” and standing on their desks in a display of solidarity when the administration’s hammer inevitably comes down on him. Yet I can’t help but melt underneath this movie: it chisels away the cynic and gets at the sap.
I can’t rationally defend my sentimental attachment to Dead Poets Society, but perhaps I can offer some less subjective arguments in favor of the picture. The welcome performance from Williams, for instance, who fires his ever-ready wit with the precision of a sniper, rather than a machine gunner. (“We’re not laughing at you, we’re laughing near you.”) There’s even a moment when Williams sets the stage for someone else, as Keating encourages Hawke’s shy student to spurt out an impromptu poem describing a “sweaty-toothed madman.” There aren’t many moments in his career in which Williams dares to share the spotlight, and this is one of them.
Though the film is a bit long (two hours, 10 minutes), given the nature of the material, and there are a few recognizable stereotypes and predictable moments from too many coming-of-age films, "Dead Poets Society" nevertheless is ultimately moving and has an ending that will leave the audience thinking as it leaves the playing room.
The Review of Dead Poets Society
In the movie, there are many points that hit my heart and resonate with me. For instance, the school’s traditional teaching system, the parents’ huge expectation to their children, the students’ sophisticated feeling of fear and longing and the realistic society. All of these points are fairly link to my experience and close to our society.
What impress me most are the two things Mrs. Keating has taught the students: the first thing is to enjoy every moment in our life, and the second thing is to be ourselves.
Firstly, Mrs. Keating has told the students “SEIZE THE DAY” in his second class. In my opinion, the word’s real meaning is that we all need to enjoy the moment and always keep the spirit of adventure. However, just like what Mrs. Keating taught the students, we should seize the day under the premise of rationality and calmness.
Secondly, we should not be limited by the traditions or principles and be ourselves. In the movie, Todd Anderson, is a boy who used to be deeply trapped in the traditions and people’s sights, but gradually get rid of these with the help of Mrs. Keating. It showed us that we have to be ourselves, think by ourselves and make our own way instead of following what others done.
In addition, this movie has revealed a nowadays problem that is parents have great ambition for their children and hope the children to fulfill their dream. In a word, this is a kind of action that killed the children’s dreams. Children have thought too, no one has the right to stop them to fulfill their dream.
Seize the day
“Seize the day, boys. Make your life extraordinary.” These are the words floating in my mind after watching «Dead Poets Society» serval hours later. We all know the meaning of “seize the day”, but few of us are now practicing the rule of thumb.
As students, we get up early in the morning, and then rush to the canteen and hurry to the classroom. Before the class begins, we have enough time to preview the textbook, recite words or do some homework. Then we are caught in classes. After finishing classes, we prefer to go to library to start the next study game or do some activities. We don't go back to the dormitory until ten o 'clock. We make our life fully scheduled. We forget to leave some moments to enjoy our life. We neglect the importance of free time.
Mr. Keating aimed to break the shackles of traditional education. He gave the hope to those students. His class was full of fun and unusual. He tried to find every shining point on his students and encouraged them to chase their dreams. He always repeated, “Carpe, diem.” It is important to seize the day, to enjoy yourself, to pursue your dreams. Compared with other teachers, he looked out of place. However, the results were not very good, though his purpose was good. His efforts alone cannot change the minds of all.
Nevertheless, we have more chance to make a difference nowadays. We could live in a romantic way, instead of focusing the short-term benefits in front of us. Try to change a little bit. Seize the day, and do some meanings things except for studying. Seize the chance, and don’t feel regret when you get older. Seize your dream, and don’t let it pass away. There are so many beautiful things that are worth to discovering.
The Reflection of
Dead Poets Society
Last night I watched the movie Dead Poets Society. What impressed me the most is the death of Neil.
At the beginning, Neil was controlled by his father that he have to be a doctor which is his mother's dream. He followed his father's thought. However, when John Keating -- the new English teacher of the Wilton Aristocratic School-- tried to free the students' thought, Neil was the first student who realized his dream-- being an actor. Afterwards, he strived for his character in A Midsummer Night's Dream and succeeded. However, when father knew that Neil had taken part in practicing of the play, he was very angry and commanded Neil to quit the play. At that time, Neil lied to his father that he would quit the play and lied to Keating that his father allowed him to participated in the show. However, when Neil played his show, his father came and caught him back to home and criticized him which made him desperate. Thinking that he had to live a life which decided by his father, he decided to suicide.
I was not surprised when Neil suicided. In my opinion, the one who is the most enthusiastic person is the one who has strong urge of death. He had been enduring his father for a long time. He had passion and dream. He was a romantic student who was constrained by feudalism. He had nothing to do with it but sacrificed himself to draw others' attention. His death is not only tragic but also romantic. He died for his dream. He had lived for himself. He was a pioneer who lived in the wrong time.
He is the man who worth respect from us.
To Be A Free Thinker
The story is set on the background of a traditional senior high school, which has always required the students to conform, with no individual thoughts being allowed. It is in this case that Mr. Keating comes into the students’ dull life, bringing independent and free thinking to them.
First of all, Mr. Keating teaches the students to think freely about their lives. In the first class, unlike the usual teachers, Mr. Keating doesn’t teach anything related to the textbook. Instead, he shows them the past excellent students’ faces and reminds them that they all will be dead one day and should do something remarkable for themselves. “Seize the day, boys. Make your life extraordinary.” Says Mr. Keating, which helps the students think freely about their lives.
What’s more, Mr. Keating teaches the students to think freely about the knowledge. “When you read, don't just consider what the author thinks. Consider what you think.” Teaching the knowledge of poems, Mr. Keating considers the authoritative opinions about grading poems to decide the better one as meaningless and asks the students to rip the correspondent pages off the textbook. By doing so, the students realize that they don’t have to always blindly follow others’ views and that they should think freely in study.
Last but not least, Mr. Keating teaches the students to think freely about the perspectives on everything. “We must constantly look at things in a different way. Just when you think you know something, you have to look at it in another way. Even though it may seem silly or wrong, you must try!” Standing on the classroom platform, he tells the students to see things from different perspectives. At last, when he leaves the classroom, almost all the students stand on their desks to say good-bye to him, not believing that he causes Neil’s death, which shows they do have learnt to freely put issues in perspective.
All in all, just like what the free-thinking teacher says, “Boys, you must strive to find your own voice.” I think the most impressive theme of this movie is to be a free thinker.
The review of Dead Poets Society
It has been the second time to watch this movie which sets me off a deep thinking. It is beyond question that this movie, won numerous awards , has an excellent plot, background, detail. Obviously, this movie is talking about how the severely rigid education influences on student and how new-brand and creative education methods shock the education system.
The movie has an open ending, leaving some space for us to fill in. When we turn our attention to real life, we will find a person, like Keating whose thought go against mainstream ideas at that time. But which ending they have actually are unknown.Some are assimilated,some are excluded,and some have a better life. Theoretically,the aim of education is to cultivate a creative person like Keating who can promote this society to develop in vigorous way though it is tough to make it.However, the current education in this movie is to shape excellent person,who master practical use, can contribute to their families.The students are taught by the inflexible teachers as if the products are processed with assembly line without emotional contacts. Their family ignore their children own personality cultivated. If so, a tragedy may be only a matter of time.When we were young, we had romantic ideas and bold attempt.This behaviour gradually disappears with most of people growth, instead they become realistic and be driven by matter losing their full spirit. Eventually,we become in line with most people standing in gray group where they constantly pursuit of physical resources.
“Living a hopeless life in silence.”What is your first reaction when you read this sentence and Is it your situation of your life?If so,do you stand on the desk like Keating does from different angle to take a fresh look at your life?The world may differ in your usual experience.
Having finished the epic movie called Dead Poets Society, I felt deeply struck by the spirit the epic intended to express. There is no doubt that the film touches something profound in human psycho. And as for me, the most impressive point I take away from this epic is to be yourself. As Celeste Ng puts it in the book named Everything I Never Told You, "All our life, we are about to get rid of the expectations of others to find the true self."
However, it's no piece of cake, at least not for Neil. Neil's father was an overbearing and stubborn man who always impose his wills and values on Neil. For instance, he compelled Neil to drop the school annual since he strongly believed those trivial hobbies should take a back seat to the school curriculum. He even weaved a ridiculous and ludicrous lie that some 'helicopter parents' must not be unfamiliar with--"After you've finished medical school, and you're on your own, then you can do as you damn well please. but until then you do as I tell you." Afterwards, Neil's father didn't approve of his acting on stage. And adding to Neil's agony was the fact that his father even forced him to transfer to another school adopting militarization management mode. Eventually, it was a total tragedy that Neil committed suicide to show his passion for acting and voiceless rebellion to his arrogant father. To be honest, the moment Neil ended his youthful life resolutely, my heart went out to him, but at the same time, I adored his courage to dare to rebel for his own pursuit. And I gathered how nice it would be if he didn't do that in such an irreversible and tragic way.
Neil eventually found what made him stay alive for under the enlightenment of Mr. Keating, but after all he became the victim of traditional education which always shackled those youths with so-called absolute values.
There is no denying that in today's society, there are still some people struggling not to live for others' expectations, no matter they are the rich or the poor, men or women, kids or adults. And once being in a group, a majority of people are inclined to seek out recognition and they will run with the crowd in order not to be excluded by others in the group. Nevertheless, as per Mr. Keating, "We must find what you stay alive for and learn to think by yourself." As one scene in the film shows, in the first place, each student walked in their own way, but a few minute later, they started to walk in step with each other. It implies that we are supposed to be sensible and sane especially in a group, or we will be influenced by others and fail to be ourselves. And additionally, one bottom line you need to bear in mind is never to force your own opinions upon others when you stick to your own principles.
At last, I feel compelled to recommend this movie to you all. And I believe it will profoundly stir up your feelings or emotions. And maybe you will be enlightened and inspired to pursue the true meaning of life.
The Review of Dead Poet Society
“Oh! Captain, my captain.” said by Mr. Keating. This is where Dead Poet Society starts.
The film Dead Poet Society tells us the story that Mr. Keating, the new English teacher, teaches his students by his unique teaching methods and encourages them to think for themselves. Several scenes of this film leave me a deep impression. One is Mr. Keating’s first class. In the first class, Mr. Keating demands students to bravely tear off all the pages about the introduction of the textbooks, which includes editors’ thoughts and feelings that might influence their ways of thinking. Additionally, in order to arouse students’ passion for poetry and make them speak courageously, he asks his students not to call him Mr. Keating, but to call him Captain, as described in poetry. Another scene is that Mr. Keating let all the students stand on the platform in turn and see the classroom from a completely new, different point.
"I always thought the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself." said by Mr. Keating in the film. From these scenes described above, it can be clearly seen that Mr. Keating tries various ways to help students learn the skill of independent thinking, which greatly shows his words – to encourage students to think for themselves.
At the end of the film, although Mr. Keating is about to leave, his students, who are greatly influenced by him and have learnt to think for themselves and speak bravely, stands on their own desks and loudly say:
“Oh! Captain, my captain.”