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The movie The Dead Poets Society is about a group of private school boys in the North East They encounter a teacher Mr Keating whom is a little different than most teachers He wanted to instill the motivation to look past what society was telling them to do rather than teach the normal curriculum He used Thoreaus ideas on transcendentalism by showing them to transcend or go beyond the rules that society poses and create their own independence Mr Keating succeeded in his efforts by teaching them to think for themselves Director Peter Weir illustrates that the movie Dead Poets Society echoes Transcendentalist notions in content in that self-reliance and individualism must outweigh external authority and blind conformity to custom or tradition intuition is superior to deliberate intellectualism and rationality and in structure through the idea that one can find truth and beauty in nature One of the main ideas of Transcendentalism is that ones own opinions should prevail over deliberate conformity Emerson wrote concerning that notion saying Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist Emerson tightly relates ones being with nonconformity therefore illustrating that one who does conform to societys wishes is less of a man or yet a real man at all saying Imitation is suicide He declares conformity is the same as throwing ones own ideas identity and soul away which is the equivalent to ending ones life Henry David Thoreau has beliefs similar to Emerson on the topic of conformity stating If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer Let him step to the music which he hears however measured or far away To hear a different drummer insinuates to believe or act differently from the common consensus Thoreau asserts that it is all right to think or act in this different manner as abstract from the common as it may be Dead Poets Society relates the idea
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