Dead Poets Society Inner Journey Response

Discuss the inner journey of three characters from the film Dead Poets Society

In the film Dead Poets Society the characters Neil Perry, Todd Anderson and Knox Overstreet are just three of the many characters that go through an inner journey when the new English teacher, Mr. Keating, comes to Welton Academy for boys, and encourages the students, ‘Carpe Diem, Seize the Day, live life to the fullest and suck the marrow out of life.’ The boys then take this to heart and experience many changes to their actions and reactions, doing things they would have never done unless they had the inspiration that only Mr. Keating was capable of giving because he was the only teacher that believed that students had the right to be free thinkers and believe in their own ideals and not what anyone else tells them.

Neil Perry

Neil Perry’s was always expected to do well from the very start after the assembly as their leaving Mr. Nolan says to Neil, ‘We expect great things from you this year’. His life was planned out by his dad and his decisions were also made by his dad, such as when his dad was telling him to drop the school annual and said, ‘don’t you ever dispute me in public. After you’ve finished medical school and are on your own then you can do whatever you damn well please. But until then you do as I tell you.’

After being inspired by Mr. Keating, Neil and his friends reestablishes the Dead Poets Society and use it as a source of inspiration for poetry and their views on how they should go about life. Neil then finds out about the auditions for the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream and tells Todd that he’s auditioning and he found what he wants and tells him ‘For the first time in my whole life, I know what I want to do. And for the first time, I’m gonna do it whether my father wants me to or not!’ Eventually Neil’s dad found out about the play and demanded Neil leaves the play, again taking control over what he does. ‘I don’t care if the world comes to an end...