5 Reasons to Revisit Dead Poets Society
5 Reasons to Revisit Dead Poets Society
We are at a time where we are put under the illusion that there is no enough time for anything. We run in an imaginary hamster wheel that our society gladly provides us with. In this race with no finish line, can you ever slow down to stop and smell the roses?
If we don’t take the time to fall in love with the little things, chance are, our metaphorical burn out will be as fast as our climbing progress. This need for a fresh perspective is why films like Dead Poets Society are extremely important.
Director Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society reaffirms our faith in the power of great teachers. It helps you discover that inside of you lies an endless supply of strength to face life. It gives you the power to look into the eyes of the society’s stereotypes and defy them. So, we present you with five wonderful reasons to revisit this heart-warming film. Hopefully, these reasons will inspire you to stop and smell the roses. Read, rejoice and own up to your individuality with unshakable pride.
Educating your Beautiful Mind
“You must strive to find your own voice, because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all.”
With words of wisdom and a heart of gold, the fictional Professor Keating takes a rusted mind, sullen from routine and brings it alive with the right kind of education. In one scene, he is seen quoting Robert Frost, in another he is seen tearing up books. This may account for unconventionality, but the high-spirited ways of Professor Keating from Dead Poets Society will awaken your mind and enable you to find your true path. Such integral moments from the film makes you realize that students must be taught how to think and not what to think.
Believing in Yourself
“You must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular.”
Time and time again, the film nudges you to realize that nothing is impossible as long as you believe in yourself. In one scene, Professor Keating talks about society’s consuming need for acceptance. While, the need for acceptance is only natural, he reminds you that beyond this necessity lies your unique and original belief system. He teaches his students to embrace their beliefs and treasure their individuality. Such honourable lessons orchestrated by Dead Poets Society presents you with a renewed faith in yourself.
Reaffirm your Faith in Teachers
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”
It is true that a teacher can make or break a student’s life. Sadly, you don’t come across that many loving and genuine teachers these days. But the silver lining is that, there lies a teacher like Keating in every school. Your days with this teacher can change your life.
When Keating enters the room, he brings along an aura of optimism. Pretty soon, he becomes the backbone of these students and gradually seeps into your mind and fills it with memories of teachers just like him. The words “O Captain, My Captain” from the film will eternally provide you with comfort on days where you find yourself in the absence of hope.
Realizing the Power of Arts
“Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance and love, these are what we stay alive for.”
Only Art has the power to open your mind. It can break open the fences of your mind and enable you to run free. This feeling of liberation that comes from experiencing any form of art is silently fading away. Only Keating with his anecdotes of motivation can make art, a beautiful and prevailing part of your life again. With lines about passion and poetry, Dead Poets Society will open your mind to the endless possibilities art brings with it.
A Jilting Dose of Carpe Diem
“Carpe Diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”
Sooner or later, the scheme of your society will make you a victim to routine. What can you do to break the shackles of routine? Make your life extraordinary by revisiting Keating’s brand of magic. When he utters the words “Carpe Diem” your heart is guaranteed to be filled with fierce passion and the energy to go after what you really want.