Neil Perry Neil is the confident and popular student, and is well liked by his friend as well as the teachers at the boys-school. He is a person who cares about his friends, especially Todd, his new roommate. He is portrayed, in the film, as a boy with brown hair, fairly good-looking and tall. In the beginning Neil is inspired by the new English teacher Mr. Keating, who is passionate and interesting, with his ways of teaching and speaking to his students. Mr. Keating teaches his students to “think out of the box” and to “seize the day”. Neil is greatly influenced by this and takes it to the/his heart. Neil is curious about who Mr. Keating was when he attended the school when he was younger. And that leads to the boys discovering “Dead Poets Society”. Neil is the first one to make a move, and re-establish the “Dead Poets Society” and be the “leader” of the group of boys. This shows that Neil is ready to challenge the school's authority and his parents. Neil is a really good friend with a sense of humour. He is the one making the boys go through the day, joyous and with their heads held high. In the scene where Neil tries to cheer Todd up on his birthday and make the comment “You can feel it. This desk set wants to fly! ” shows how much he cares about his friends even though Todd may not feel like he has any friends. On/At the first meeting of the new re-established “Dead Poets Society” Neil reads out loud from the book, given to him from Mr. Keating. “I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life. To put to rout all that was not life, and not when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived” - Walden Come, my friends, ‘T is not too late to seek a newer world. For my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and though’ We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. ” – Ulysses “It was a dark and rainy night. And this old lady who had a passion for jigsaw puzzles sat by herself in her house at her table to complete a new jigsaw puzzle. As she pieced the puzzle together, she realized to her astonishment that the image that was formed was her very own room, and the figure in the centre of the puzzle, as she completed it, was herself. And with trembling hands she placed the last four pieces and stared in horror at the face of the demented madman at the window. The last thing that this old lady ever heard was the sound of breaking glass” - ? These lines from two different poems do not only speak Neil's philosophy but also predicts his future in the film. The puzzle from the poem symbolizes life, the madman by the window passion, and the death of the old woman iswoman is caused by letting her passion overcome her. In the end Neil realizes that he had/has his own life and he was/is the centre of it. Since his father had/has control over him and Neil was/is too afraid to stand up for himself, Neil lets the “passion” in himself in a last attempt to control his own life. And throughout the film he continues to put the last pieces in his puzzle together. In the end Neil lies to Mr. Keating about having permission from his father to still be in the play, and does not take up the discussion with his father again, but goes against his wishes and continues to be a part of the play. I have a theory that the last monologue from Puck in the play, where his father has arrived, was/is directed to Mr. Perry as an apology and a plea for forgiveness. Neil can only express himself to his father through his acting and passion for it. “If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, hat you have but slumber’d here while these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, No more yielding but a dream, Gentles, do not reprehend; if you pardon, we will mend; And, as I am an honest Puck If we have unearned luck Now to ’scape the serpent’s tongue We will make amends ere long; So, goodnight unto you all. Give me your hands, if we be friends, and Robin shall restore amends. ” Finally Neil found/finds the last piece to his puzzle and his only option is to take his own life, to gain control over it. As Mr. Perry says so many times throughout the film that,, he has sacrificedes a lot for Neil, he indicates that he loves Neil very much but cannot express it in exact words to his son, and I get the impression that Neil is Mr. Perry's “dream”. So when Neil’s father wakes up after hearing the gun shot, the “dream has disappeared” Mr. Perry's relationship with his son is just a lot of misunderstanding between them. Mr. Perry loves Neil and Neil loves his dad even though he was/is controlling Neil's life. Neil just wanted/wants to find out who he was/is and what he wanted/wants to do, but he was/is unable to discuss his opinions with his father and Mr. Perry was/is unwilling to look at Neil's outlook on life. Therefore Neil concluded/concludes that suicide was/is his only option to stand up to his father. The only time Neil considered/consideres suicide was/is after the major confrontation with his father. Normally there are some signs when a person is considering suicide, but in this case, the warning signs never showed until the last moment. Mr. Perry is old fashioned and has a difficult time expressing his affections to his son. Neil never really understood that his father just wanted the best for him, and only saw his father as a tyrant, someone who would always go against what he wanted. Indholdet er s? rdeles GODT. Mange relevante eksempler og gode (psykologiske) overvejelser . Du er grundig og nar helt i dybden. FLOT! Kun fa fejl. Bem? rk dit problem med at holde linien mht. TID. (Analytisk pr? sens) Karakter: 12 You’ve done it again, girl !!!
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