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Nick Hamilton Mr. Klein 3-15-01 English Dead Poets Society In the film Dead Poets Society a group of young students are given a great challenge by a very special teacher. In Latin the word says "carpe diem" or in English it means seize the day. To me this phrase is a very familiar one. A few years ago I attended a football camp in Indiana where this was presented to me. At the time it didn't real me that much to me, but as I get older and more mature I see how important it really is. Seizing the day to me means to live you life that god gave you to the fullest. Do not be afraid to take the road less travel. Have fun with your time on this earth and don't let anyone tell you how to live your life.

Carpe diem was a major theme in the Dead Poets Society because without it all the boys in the movie would have been crushed.

Every one of the boys in the movie seized the day, but all in different ways. Weldon Academy was a very unforgiving and strict place to go to school. Characters such as Neil Perry and John Keating were extremely intelligent people, and if they did not seize the day then they would be cheating themselves very badly. In this movie carpe diem is stressed to max. I believe this is a great movie because of that. It gives kids like me hope to be able to speak out for what I am feeling and to not hold back on life.

Hamilton 2 I believe several characters in this movie lived their lives to the fullest and seized the day very well. The first man is Mr. John Keating. To me he was the best character in the movie, simply because he taught the young men what it was to seize the day. Mr. Keating was the first person to ever give the children at Weldon Academy an opportunity to make their own decisions. He made them think about the corrupt surroundings that Weldon subjected them to. All his life Mr. Keating had his own style of teaching. He didn't let anyone get in the way of his dreams, and for that he was a teacher at a well-respected high school.

The next character I thought seized the day very well in the movie was Neil Perry. All his life, he had lived in the dreams of his father wanting him to become a doctor. Until he met Mr. Keating he was not willing to stand up for what he really wanted to do. The teaching styles of Mr. Keating showed Neil the light at the end of the tunnel that he had not been able to see for the longest time. During the movie he gets a part to play in the next performance. Neil is so excited but his father just puts down his feelings of joy and makes him feel guilty about not wanting to be a doctor. If it were not for Mr. Keating I don't think Neil would have gone through with the play but he did, and that's how he seized the day.

Another Character I thought displayed a good part of carpe diem was Charlie Dalton. He was the rebel of Weldon Academy, and had his own style just like Mr. Keating. Some ways that he seized the day in the Dead Poets Society was that he started the whole tradition back up. Charlie took it upon himself to follow in Mr. Keating's footsteps and make his own Dead Poets Society. During the meetings Charlie would always love to read his poetry. It would always be about how he was different and why he was different from everyone else. Being able to start Hamilton 3 back up the Dead Poets Society, and being able to admit all your fault and weaknesses is a great example of carpe diem.

Living in a community such as Weldon Academy rebellion and going against the norm is not always appreciated. For their troubles every single one of the characters I just mentioned had to face a price. So of the prices they had to pay were less than other but no one got away with his life untarnished in some way. As for Mr. Keating he was fired from Weldon Academy because of his bizarre teaching methods. When all he was trying to do was give the children back their lives that Weldon had already stole from them. Neil Perry did participate in his school play, but was told after he finished that he was going to be taken out of Weldon Academy by his father. Neil Perry at the end of the movie would commit suicide. He seized the day, and didn't want anyone to take that away from him, unless it was himself. Charlie Dalton was also punished for his rebellious actions and was expelled from Weldon Academy.

I believe this movie proves a very good point. Live your life to the fullest everyday, use carpe diem as a positive in your life, even if it does steer you in the wrong direction a little bit. Do not feel sorry for yourself or your feelings if it is what you truly believe. Seize everyday and don't hold back on life because time will pass you by.