Dead Poets Society

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Dead Poets Society is a 1989 film which tells the story of a Whitman-quoting English teacher at a 1950s boys' school who inspires his students to overcome their reluctance to make changes in their lives and stirs up their interests in poetry.

The film was set at the fictional Welton Academy in Vermont, but it was actually filmed at St. Andrew's School in Delaware. A book, based on the movie's script, has been published under the same name. It is written by Nancy H. Kleinbaum.



The 7 boys Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke), Knox Overstreet (Josh Charles), Charlie Dalton (Gale Hansen), Richard Cameron (Dylan Kussman), Steven Meeks (Allelon Ruggiero) and Gerard Pitts (James Waterston) are going to Welton Academy. It is made up on the four principles: Tradition, Honor, Discipline and Excellence.

At the beginning of the first class, the replacement english teacher, Mr. Keating (played by Robin Williams), has one of the boys read the introduction to the poetry textbook, which describes how to place the the quality of a poem on a scale, and give it a number, a process that was popular in literary circles at the time. Keating, much to the astonishment (and delight) of the students, has them physically remove the introduction. The rest of the movie is a process of awakening, in which the boys (and the audience) discover that authority can and must always act as a guide, but the only place where you can find out who you really are is within yourself.

This free thinking brought trouble for one of the boys, Neil, who decided to pursue acting, rather than medicine, which his father had decided Neil would pursue. Neil eventually kills himself in his father's office after even his triumphant performance in a school play fails to please his father.

Awards and nominations

It won the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Robin Williams), Best Director and Best Picture.

The film has become standard viewing for high school English classes in North America.


  • No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
  • Sucking all the marrow out of life doesn't mean choking on the bone.
  • Listen, you hear it? --- Carpe --- hear it? --- Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.
  • Oh Captain, My Captain!

External links

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