Dead Poets Society - Supplement to Movie

Answer the following questions while watching the movie:
1. What does “Carpe Diem” mean? Why does Mr. Keating tell his students this?
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2. According to John Keating (the English teacher), why do we study poetry?
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3. What is the Dead Poet’s Society?
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4. Where does the Dead Poet’s Society meet?
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5. What does Neal want to do that his father will most likely disapprove of?
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6. Which play is being performed at Henley Hall? Who wrote it?
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7. Who is Knox infatuated with? _________________________________________
Who is she dating? _______________________________________________
8. Mr. Keating says, “Just don’t let your poems be ___________________________.”
9. Who is the poet Mr. Keating uses to help Todd write his poem? (Hint: He’s the sweaty-toothed
mad-man in the picture)
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10. What instrument does Charlie play at one of the Dead Poet’s Society meetings?
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11. What poem does Mr. Keating use to make his point about everyone being different (when
they were walking in the courtyard)? Who wrote the poem?
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12. What do Todd’s parents give him for his birthday (again)? ________________________
What do he and Neal do with it?
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13. What is Charlie’s new name (instead of Charles Dalton)?
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14. What type of punishment does Charlie, or Nuwanda, get for putting the letter to the editor in
the newspaper (as well as his “It’s God calling” stunt)?
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15. What does Mr. Keating think the purpose of education is?
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16. “There is a time for daring, there is a time for ____________________,” said Mr. Keating.
17. Why does Neal go to Mr. Keating for help? ____________________________________
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18. Do you think Mr. Keating is at fault for the tragedy? Why or why not? Explain...

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Other elements: Are any other literary elements discussed in class used? 7. Literary Theory: Can you apply one of our Literary Theories discussed in the text and in class to this movie? What is the theme of the movie? Do you agree with it or not? Can you relate it to your life or contemporary society? 9. events. situational. Symbolism: What symbolism do you notice in the movie? Examples? 5. situations. Theme: What is (are) the theme(s) of the movie? Examine the conflict discussed above to gain insight on the theme. What events or situations in the movie mark the plot structure? (At what point do the Exposition. and Resolution take place?) 3. Then answer the questions on this worksheet thoroughly on a separate sheet of paper. and/or character were you most inspired? Why? 2 . How does this relate to the theme of the movie? Does it relate to the people. Setting: Does setting reveal or affect meaning in the movie? Examples? 4. verbal)? Examples? 6. Dead Poets' Society. 10. something/someone else). or conflicts in the movie? 8. then watch the movie. 1. Crisis. As you view the movie. Plot/Conflicts: What are some of the conflict(s) in the movie? (something/someone VS. dramatic. By what quote. Complication. how does he change? What do we learn from this? If he is not dynamic. Climax. Irony: Is there use of irony in the movie? What kind of irony (cosmic. what do we learn from his not changing? Is there a protagonist? Who is(are) the antagonist(s)? What do the protagonist and antagonist represent? 2.Dead Poets Society Worksheet Directions: Read the questions below. and/or scene. Literary Eras: Give a brief definition of "Romanticism" including its time period and influence on literature. consider the following questions. Characters: Who is (are) the main character(s)? Is he/she/they dynamic or static? Round or flat? If dynamic.

Analysis questions 1. Discuss the meaning of how John Keating introduces himself to the class. My Captain. What is the meaning of YAWP and who is most affected by it? 5. Here are several key phrases from the movie.” e) “Sucking the marrow out of life does not mean choking on the bone. 2.” 8. “ h) “O Captain.” g) “Make your lives extraordinary. Describe the setting (time and place) in detail. A) What Latin phrase captures part of the theme of this movie? B) How does this phrase change each of the characters? 4.” b) “The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. It provides choices. Comment on this. 3.Dead Poets’ Society. This movie does not answer any questions.” d) “I want you to find your own way to walk. What is the Dead Poets’ Society what does it represent? 7.” c) “Only in their dreams can men be truly free. Discuss their meaning a) “We are food for worms. 3 . 6. Discuss the conflict between conformity and individuality in the movie especially the struggles the main characters and John Keating undergo.” f) “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. T’was always thus and always thus shall be.

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