Essay On Dead Poets Society

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For many years, boys have enrolled in boys boarding schools and have had different opinions of the experience. The film Dead Poets Society, directed by Peter Weir, takes place in a boys boarding school, called Welton Academy. The film follows the stories of multiple boys, including Todd Anderson, who attend the school, and the challenges that each one must face. The novel The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger, also features the topic of boys boarding schools as the main character, Holden Caulfield, remembers his experiences at three of them. Although both boys attend boarding schools, Todd forms better relationships with both his classmates and teachers, and builds his self-esteem, while Holden forms poor relationships with his…show more content…
Neil says, “I mean, if I was ever going to buy a desk set . . . twice! I would probably buy this one both times! In fact, its shape is rather aerodynamic isn’t it? You can feel it. This desk set wants to fly!” (Weir) Todd’s strong relationship with Neil evident when Neil puts Todd’s concerns before his own in this scene of the film. However, Holden’s weak relationships with his classmates only result in fights. Therefore, the close relationships that Todd forms with his classmates, cause him to have a more positive experience at a boys boarding school than Holden does. In addition to the differences between the boys’ relationships with their peers, Todd’s teachers are more professional and encouraging than Holden’s teachers are, causing Todd to have a better relationship with his teachers than Holden does. Firstly, Mr. Keating, Todd’s teacher, has an organized room and sits professionally with all of the other teachers for meals. In contrast, Holden’s teacher, Mr. Antolini, has a very unorganized house and he inappropriately touches Holden’s head while Holden is sleeping. When Holden visits Mr. Antolini, at his house, Holden describes the mess by saying, “Glasses were all over the place, and dishes with peanuts in them.” (Salinger 201) Mr. Antolini’s house is not a welcoming environment for Holden to receive help,
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