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The Hero of Dead Poets Society The movie Dead Poets Society is about a group of young men growing up in a strict boarding school environment and their transition to a different type of lifestyle under the influence of the new English teacher Mr Keating The film takes the standard idea of oppression and puts it in a private school setting In the fight for their individualism the characters display heroic traits but one student Todd Anderson stands before all of them as the main hero of the movie At Welton Academy there were four pillars supporting the school excellence honor tradition and discipline The school in actuality only lives up to 2 of these pillars tradition and discipline The school has been running in the same tradition year after year and the leaders fear change and continue with their archaic ways The academy resembles a communist state with Nolan acting as dictator The students are drones going through life day after day with someone elses program directing them When Mr Keating began teaching at the school he opened up doorways for the students and attempted to help them think for themselves and begin living for themselves Todd Anderson came to the school as a new student and therefore would have a hard time adjusting To make matters worse the first thing he heard was of how good a student his brother was and that he has large shoes to fill He was already insecure and this sort of comment would not help his esteem Todd was a quiet and reserved student and may have even seemed indifferent to situations around him at times He had some of the most difficult problems to overcome namely his social-phobia He had a great fear of being in the spotlight and just wanted to go unrecognized Though Todd was very shy he and Neil became good friends Todd showed noble traits and qualities when dealing with his
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