The communication aspects of the "Dead Poets Society"

Essay by NoTTiNzZzHigh School, 12th gradeA-, February 2007

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"The Dead Poets Society" is an awe inspiring film set in the 1950s about a teacher who went against the grain and taught his high school students to think for themselves and not allow their attitudes and behavior to be constrained by conformity by older generations. In our class lectures/discussions, we have touched on many aspects of human culture and communication and this movie illustrates many of these concepts. Perspectives, gender, communication theories, persuasion, language, verbal and nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, public speaking, intercultural communication--these are all included and exemplified in this film.

The setting of this movie is at a prestigious all boys' high school called Welton. Many prominent schools around the country up to the 1950s still did not allow girls into their institutions at that time, but how quickly this has changed within the last half century. Nearly all schools are co-educational now, which in a large part is the result of how gender roles change so rapidly in our society.

Now there are even debates going on about whether there should be a difference when we use the terms "sex" and "gender." We can probably call this gender divide back then as sexism, or the exploitation of one sex by the other for a personal agenda. It wasn't that women were getting taken advantage of literally but it was the fact that they did not have the right to the same education facilities as the men of the country, and thus they are confined to jobs that are within the home/family.

There are many perspectives at play in this movie. As we have learned, perspectives are different views we have on the world based on our culture and upbringing. It has to deal with how any person views the world at large or any small piece...