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Soldiers and Poets Epic tales of boyhood friendships with all the camaraderie adventure and wit that defines them would definitely depict A Separate Peace and Dead Poets Society These two works of art not only share there prestigious all boys boarding school setting but the theme of nonconformity However differences between the two pieces do exist A Separate Peace is a reminder of one of the minor themes in the novel related to the danger of jealousy while Dead Poets Society has Carpe Diem written all over it Dead Poets Society is a film about conflict and passion It is set in a Vermont school Welton Academy and the scenes largely involve the teacher Professor John Keating and his students Robin Williams is well cast as the independent passionate teacher His portrayal of Keating is both convincing and moving Keating is a man who teaches because he loves to teach He gives more than just knowledge to his students He inspires them He urges them to seize the day to seek out their dreams and to believe in themselves His teaching techniques are unconventional and appeal to the boys imaginations He earns their respect and becomes their friend and mentor The novel A Separate Peace tells a story about a young mans struggle to achieve and maintain such a separate peace And although the setting is in America in the midst of war the focus of the novel is internal For the majority of the plot the distant war is an illusion for the students in Genes class and for the reader the war becomes the biggest metaphor of the novel a metaphor for the internal conflict of a sixteen-year old boy Genes soul becomes a battleground where jealousy fear love and hatred combat for control of his actions And amidst the turmoil of adolescence it is the victory of the dark forces of human nature that make Gene realize
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