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personal information, including your religious or political views, health, racial background, country of origin, sexual identity and/or personal relationships. The Dead Poets Society is clearly inspired by the transcendental values and beliefs of Protagonists Todd Anderson and Neil Perry endure the test of maintaining After engaging in these overtly beneficial relationships, Anderson perfectly. When we next see Todd, he's meeting the gregarious and easygoing Neil Despite his shy nature, Todd joins the Dead Poets Society with the others but only.
The Red to Todd's Blue. He's much more passionate and ready to do things. He was miserable underneath his outgoing and cheerful personality. It makes his death so very shocking.
Neil is immediately protective of Todd and seemingly makes it his mission to bring him out of his shell. Then his own problems crush him and he commits suicide, leaving his best friend more broken than before.
Todd Anderson Played by: Ethan Hawke A new student at Welton, and Neil's roommate. He starts out as the most timid of the poets, but gains confidence thanks to Keating and Neil's encouragement. In an interesting contrast to the pressure that Neil suffers, his parents expect nothing of him and a Deleted Scene reveals his dad's equates his value as a person to his chemical worth. A heartbreaking scene has Todd sitting alone with his birthday present Both his parents and staff adore his brother Jeffrey, who was apparently Valedictorian and a National Merit Scholar.
And they don't mind shoving it in Todd's face. He shows several signs of suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder. His relationship with Neil is pretty The two are very close and it's established that Neil is Todd's only good relationship, at least at first.
To the confident and outgoing Neil. Todd is the Melancholic. As the movie goes on, he becomes more confident. As if his shyness wasn't bad enough. Seems the complete opposite to the confident Neil, but it's revealed they both struggle with their parents' expectations. The Blue to Neil's Red. He's much quieter and more introspective.
He has trouble talking in class or even one-on-one with his roommate and avoids eye contact. He gets better, though. Throughout the movie, the pair grow extremely close, confiding their family problems and comforting each other in trouble.
Neil especially builds Todd's broken self-esteem, resulting in Todd becoming happier and more confident in himself.
Then Neil kills himself and Todd is left distraught and heartbroken; it's unclear if he'll ever really recover. To a devastating extent. His parents don't value him at all and he's constantly compared to his successful brother Jeffrey.
As demonstrated with his "phone call from God" prank. Not that he has much chance to be. He makes use of poem lines written by Shakespeare and Byron to seduce two girls he brings into the cave. Do Not Call Me "Paul": After he starts getting involved with Gloria, he makes up the name "Nuwanda" in the spirit of experimentation, and whenever someone calls him "Charlie", he'll respond by saying, "It's Nuwanda, damnit!
Dalton is the Choleric. Definitely the most reckless of the boys. Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As much as he likes to goof around and mouth off, he does care about his friends and refuses to betray them, in contrast to Cameron, who finks on the Society after Neil's suicide and Keating's subsequent suspension. After Neil's death, Dalton shows strong outrage at Cameron's selling out to the faculty and their honor code, punching Cameron for ratting out the Society.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! Once he pulls off the "phone call from God" prank, Nolan starts to observe the students more cautiously, and as a result, Dean Nolan is aware of the Society's existence when Charlie is interrogated in his office under the compulsion of corporal punishment.
As seen below, he's more than willing to defy authority. After publishing an article in the student newspaper suggesting that girls be enrolled into Welton, he pranks the entire establishment by pretending to get a phone call from God endorsing the sentiment. Screw This, I'm Outta Here! After Cameron tells Dean Nolan about the Society's activities, Dalton, who has nothing to lose now that Keating is about to be removed from his teaching position and the Society is about to be dissolved, gets expelled for punching Cameron after the confrontation.
Despite his careless attitude, he is extremely protective of his friends, refusing to betray them under a brutal beating and being expelled out of loyalty to Keating. Knox Overstreet Played by: Spends most of the movie attempting to win the love of local girl Chris Noel.
He is smitten with Chris and attempts to gain her love. He's going to get Chris if it's the last thing he does. Knox is the Phlegmatic. After Neil's death, Knox takes on this role to try and calm Todd after his emotional breakdown in response to Neil's death as well as trying to restrain Charlie from punching out Cameron's lights.
Love at First Sight: Struck dumb when he sees Chris for the first time. At the Danburry house, a drunken Chet mistakes him for "Mighty" Mutt Sanders' brother, which he vehemently denies.
- Neil Perry
By trying to help Todd, he thought maybe he could help himself. Neil seems thrilled at the idea that he may be able to contribute a verse. He prompts Cameron to tear out J.
He is also the one to organize the first meeting. Neil also tells Todd that he must participate in the club. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life. To put to rout all that was not life, and not when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived.
And this old lady who had a passion for jigsaw puzzles sat by herself in her house at her table to complete a new jigsaw puzzle. As she pieced the puzzle together, she realized to her astonishment that the image that was formed was her very own room, and the figure in the center of the puzzle, as she completed it, was herself. And with trembling hands she placed the last four pieces and stared in horror at the face of the demented madman at the window.
The last thing that this old lady ever heard was the sound of breaking glass. In the end, Neil realized that it was his own life and he was in the center of it.
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Since his dad had control over him and he was too afraid to stand up to him, before the madman could break in the window and overtake him, he let the madman in as a last attempt at controlling his own life. His passion was acting in his puzzle of life. He claims that this is the first time in his life that he knows what he wants to do, even if his father disapproves.
In the play, Puck also called Robin Goodfellow is a mischievous servant of the King of the Fairies, Oberon, who likes to play pranks on others such as changing the head of Bottom into an ass.
Also, he is ordered by Oberon to anoint Demetrius with a special love potion so that he will wake up and fall in love with the first person he sees — which is supposed to be Helena — but Puck confuses Lysander with Demetrius and anoints him instead.
Lysander then awakes, sees Helena, and falls in love with her. This is devastating to Hermia, who was supposed to marry Lysander the next day. Oberon tries to correct things by anointing Demetrius, who also first sees Helena after awaking, and falls in love with her. Finally, Puck is able to correct things by anointing Lysander once more, and positioning him so that he will awaken to love Hermia again.
The Puck epilogue is said directly to his father, in hopes that his father will forgive him. He cannot say anything later when his father tells him what he expects Neil to do because at that moment he is no longer acting. Neil so desperately wants to have a verse to contribute, but he lacks the words, and can only say them while acting.
Give me your hands, if we be friends, And Robin shall restore amends. When his father woke up, his dream was gone. Perry wanted what was best for his son, which led to extremely high expectations.
Neil wanted to find out who he was and what he wanted to do. Neil was unable to discuss his opinions and options with his father, and Mr. This cyclical pattern led Neil to conclude that suicide was the only way to gain control of his life and stand up to his father.
Neil only considered suicide after the major confrontation with him over the play. In the vast majority of suicide cases, suicide is an act that is contemplated for quite some time.
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Usually there are warning signs that accompany those thoughts. In this case, however, there is no evidence that Neil thought about suicide up until that night. It appears to be a spontaneous decision made on the basis of the hopelessness he felt that night. Perry was at traditionalist, which unfortunately meant he had a difficult time expressing affectionate emotions. He also had a large number of expectations because like any parent, he ultimately wanted the best for his son, a year old with a bright future ahead of him.
Unfortunately, Neil never really saw or understood that his father only wanted what was best for Neil. He only saw the tyrant-like authority figure who constantly demanded that Neil achieve greatness in academia and who obeyed him unquestioningly. Neil, however, did question that role — to himself, to others, even to Keating.
Unfortunately, he never truly was able to convey that to his father. The only time he was able to stand up to his father was in the role of Puck during the play, when he asked for forgiveness with his last soliloquy, an act which deliberately disobeyed and thus enraged his father.
He had many opportunities to do so before then, but he never seized the opportunity to reestablish a connection. The father and son were like strangers, each with a specific perception of the other, but neither really knew who the other was.
He then learns from another parent that Neil was going to be in the play. Perry saw Neil as Puck, he became furious and probably overreacted a bit by concluding that it must be the school or more specifically, Mr Keating — the new teacher that was the cause of this and that Neil should transfer schools to regain his focus.
Neil, on the other hand, wanted to know who he was. Acting was something he could do for himself — something that he enjoyed and allowed him to explore what he was able to accomplish. On the other hand, it was also a means of escaping his current reality by being someone else for a few hours.
He never gave his father the benefit of the doubt and tried to explain. I think Keating knew he was lying but he chose not to pursue the matter because at that point, Neil had to take responsibility for his own actions. Perry was hard on Neil, but that was probably out of concern. He wants to act.