father finds out and demands he quit the play. Feeling trapped, after his final performance and astanding ovation, he takes his own life.This horrible outrage echoes through the hallowed halls of Welton, applying even greater pressure tothe Dead Poets. When Mr. and Mrs. Perry demand a thorough investigation, Welton administrationlinks the Dead Poets Society, which they determined as the cause for the upheaval, to Mr. Keating.Each member is called before the administration and their parents to sign a confession statementindicating that Mr. Keating filled their minds with these lofty ideals ultimately leading to Neil'ssuicide. Richard Cameron, ultimately a realist concerned most with doing what is already determinedto be right, signs the statement and encourages the rest of them to do the same. Knowing full well thatKeating was not responsible, Cameron lets him take the rap to free himself.Angered by this betrayal, Dalton punches Cameron in an impulsive fit displaying his final romanticact, only to be expelled. The last to sign, though unwillingly, is Todd, thus removing John Keatingfrom his treasured position. In one final scene, displaying the beauty of a balance between the twoideals, Todd is able to cry out to Mr. Keating, who stopped by the class to collect his belongings, "OCaptain, my Captain!". Todd, who previously had no identity, contributed his verse to mankind,climbing to the top of his desk to salute his fallen teacher, who changed his life.
Neil couldn't deal with the idea that to give up acting was to quit playing the roles that he livedeveryday, and so he killed himself because he "realized that he had not lived" up to that point. Neilseems to symbolize his kneeling down before everyone - such as his father (who takes away all control Neil tries to have - such as the editor of the newspaper) and the school. Perry seems to be symbolic for "perish" and death, foreshadowing Neil's suicide later in the movie.
Keating claims that occupations are noble pursuits to sustain life, but passion is the reason to live,showing his romantic side. This is in direct contrast to what the school teaches.Keating'sromanticismwas what led to his downfall. When Neil asks him about what the DPS was, hereplies that they were romantics - that during the meetings "gods were created, women swooned, andspirits soared." He also mentions that he wishes to forget those times. In his attempt to teach otherswhat he had learned in life about romanticism and how it needed to be controlled, he watched Neil, Nuwanda and Knox enter into extreme romanticism, and that not only led to their downfall, but his aswell.