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While there were many factors which led to Neils death Keating played a major role He was Neils inspiration and role model It was predominantly Keatings actions that led to Neils death Keating held very Romantic ideals which clashed with the schools teachings and set the Dead Poet society members against the school and authority figures like Neils father Keating led Neil to believe he could have the support of his parents and an acting career Throughout the movie Keating encourages the boys to seize the day and suck the marrow out of life He endorses Neils desire to act despite the fact that it was completely against Neils fathers rules and the schools objectives which as a former student and teacher he must have known Going to Welton and later teaching there Keating would surely have been familiar with the pressures teachers and parents place on students to do well go to university and succeed in life early in the movie after Neil is told to drop the school paper by his father his friends say why doesnt he let you do what you want and tell him off Neil to which Neil retorts Oh thats rich Like you guys tell your parents off Mr Future Lawyer and Mr Future Banker From these lines it is obvious that the pressure faced by Neil was wide spread in Welton and it was Keatings idealistic views that led him to believe and in turn Neil to believe that simply telling his father his views on the matter would instantly make everything alright Keating should have realized that encouraging Neil would lead to a conflict with the school or his parents By inspiring and preaching freethinking to his students Mr Keating was asking for trouble Keatings teachings led to conflict in all the DPS members lives as it would have been difficult if not impossible for students and even teachers like Keating to
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