In the film Dead Poet’s Society there is an environment created that was rigid and strict. At Welton Academy there were four pillars of ideals that students must attain to and follow. These were excellence, honor, tradition, and discipline. A new teacher was appointed to teach English. John Keating brought with him a style that promoted the individual. This was in direct contrast to the four pillars of ideals. Mr. Keating’s
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led to tragedy, as he committed suicide.
Walt Whitman wrote, “Two roads diverged in the wood, and I chose the one less traveled on, and that has made all the difference.” By following your own beliefs, your desires will be fulfilled. The boy’s introduction to Carpe Diem led to happiness for all of them. They followed their own desires and were for once happy and free from the chains of Welton Academy.