How I compare to Neil in Dead Poet's Society

Essay by y2fu February 2005

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In Dead Poet's society, a handful of students discover through the teachings of their English teacher Mr. Keating what kinds of lives they had been leading, and what their lives could be. One student in particular, Neil Perry, discovers a whole new world and his life once and for all changed as a result of the impact of his association with Mr. Keating. The lives of all the boys were drastically changed the day they met Mr. Keating

In this essay I will try to make a connection with the main character Neil Perry and Myself. I will try to interpret any parallels between Neil and I.

'Carpe Diem' he told them. 'Seize the day, make you lives extraordinary.' With these few words, Mr. Keating opened the minds of his students to the broad possibilities that life held for them. He taught them not only with textbooks but with visual hands on learning.

The boys learned that they deserved more than the daily routine, that they were not satisfied with living up to the expectations of others. As a result, they re-established the Dead Poet's society, and thus experienced what they had been protected from previously. He realized what his dreams were, and to accomplish them, he had to do something he had never dared to do in the past, disregard the will of his father. Mr. Keating had encouraged him to do what his heart wanted not what his father had told him to do.. Neil's life was drastically changed as a result of his meeting with Mr. Keating, from a life dedicated to school, to a life dedicated to living. He realized that his dream was to be an actor, and that acting gave him happiness and hope he never had before. The greatest impact...