"Dead Poets Society": Agents of Socialization Film Review by Kena Marie

An analytical review of the film "Dead Poets Society," focusing on the story's agents of socialization.
# 146555 | 1,239 words | 0 sources | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 04, 2011 in Education (Theory) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper provides an analytical review and summary of the 1989 film "Dead Poets Society," directed by Peter Weir. The paper explains that the film is set in 1954 at a fictional school for boys, and features students whose lives were changed by an inspiring avant-garde English teacher; through poetry and literature, the teacher socializes and inspires the boys to change their lives, which are inundated in tradition and conformity. The paper also examines the roles of parents, the educational system, and peers - all of which contribute to the socialization, outlook, and ambitions of the students in "Dead Poets Society." The paper concludes that the students are under pressure to follow disciplined tradition, to conform, and to become professional members of society; although they eventually develop their own direction, their ambitions are combined, enhanced, and challenged by external influences such as peers, parents, and the school administration.

From the Paper:

"The educational system in its entirety failed Neil, but one aspect of it was positive. Neil had John Keating to stand in his corner and hold a mirror to reveal his potential. This made Neil incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about his life for once. He says, "For the first time in my whole life, I know what I wanna do! And for the first time, I'm gonna do it! Whether my father wants me to or not! Carpe diem!" This quote reveals Mr. Keating's inspiration and Neil's epiphany that not only does he know what he wants to do, but that he can be and do whatever he puts his mind to. John Keating was inspiring for many of the students and was a benefit to Welton. However, the headmaster didn't believe so. He fired Keating, which is another failure of the system. True, the school was beneficial in providing students with a basic education, however not a broad education, as Mr. Keating was attempting to offer. Also, the school did teach and support extreme discipline, but it went so far as to leaving one student dead."

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