Interpreting Carpe Diem In Dead Poet's Society

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The main concept in the film Dead Poet’s Society, was Carpe Diem. Carpe Diem means seize the day. Many interpret this as living your life to the fullest, which is true, but that is only one part of the meaning. The second and most challenging part of Carpe Diem is accepting the consequences of your actions. Most of the characters in the movie are affected by Carpe Diem but not all of them are able to grasp the concept. John Keating and Todd Anderson understand Carpe Diem, but Neil Perry does not. Mr. Keating introduced Carpe Diem to the boys. He encouraged them to think freely and become their own person. Keating teaches with a style unique to Welton Academy and makes the most of each day. When the boys ask him about the Dead Poet’s society, he warns them about how administration would view these activities and shares with them the stories of the Society when he was there. Soon afterwards, he gives Neil his poetry book that he used at his Dead Poet Society meetings. It is obvious that Keating makes the most of his life, but he also takes responsibility for his…show more content…
He seems to understand Carpe Diem the best. Instead of conforming to what is expected of his, he finds his passion of acting. Auditioning and taking part in the play is his way of seizing the day and he does a very good job at it. Unfortunately, he did not understand the most important aspect of Carpe Diem. He does not talk to his father about his passion for acting after he finds out that Neil is in the play. He lies and hopes that his dad will think he quit the play. After his dad brings him home after the play, he feels that his only way to get away from his father and take control of his life is to end it. Neil doe not comprehend the severity of his actions and the consequences of them. If Neil truly understood Carpe Diem he would have not killed himself. He is one of only a few boys not to grasp Carpe

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