Character of Neil Perry in Dead Poet’s Society, a Book by N.H. Kleinbaum

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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.

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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 that Mr. Keating had on Neil was that he taught him to look past the wishes of others, to see what was really wanted out of life.

The marked conclusion of the movie was the climatic suicide. Neil’s father had seen that he defied his wishes about not entering the play, and took him out of school to continue his father’s goal; to become a doctor. After that painful night his parents wake up, and to their surprise they find that their child has committed suicide. Neil’s suicide was both a shock and an inspiration to his peers.

One of their friends had just died, but he had died for something he believed in. Neil was an inspiration not in the sense that they believed they should all shoot themselves, but in the sense that they now knew they could stand up for themselves and did not have to be afraid of the consequences. They all had learned what life held in store for them, and they all understood that it had been Neil’s choice to do what he had done.

I have made a connection with the character Neil Perry, My parents had come to the United States in hopes of a better future for their children. And they only hoped for the best for me. They always pressured me about my future because they instilled this notion that they came here for me and that I should make them proud.

One connection that I’ve made through the course of watching “Dead poets society was that Neil’s parents were not very rich and Neil had been accepted to the school because of a scholarship. When we just came here my parents also wanted to send me to a good school but they didn’t have the money for it. Neil was always passionate about theater and acting and I’ve always been passionate about music and performing. Both of our parents had thought that this wasn’t a strong base and that this wouldn’t be a stable career.

So they wanted me to become the most I could be. I can relate to Neil because of his experiences he was a very strong individual whose father tried to hinder that, he wanted him to follow his footsteps not his own heart. He was living someone else’s life, when all he wanted was to follow his dreams.

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