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Transcendentalism In Dead Poets Society  

2009-12-07 15:31:36|  分类: 花中李的英语毕业 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Transcendentalism emerged as a philosophical and literary movement during the nineteenth century which focused on intuition and the individual conscience. Established by the German philosopher, Immanuel Kant, Transcendentalism gained support from writers such as Emmerson Thoreau, and Fuller. These supporters believed that fundamental truths are known to the heart and therefor cannot be grasped by the senses. As applied to modern times, the movie Dead Poets Society depicts the Transcendental truths of self-reliance and non conformity. This Philosophy of Transcendentalism can be seen as having both positive and negative effects. One transcendental truth, the concept of trusting thyself, can be defined as the way an individual becomes self-reliant thus freeing himself from the enslavement of a society that conspires against him to conform. Confidence is having faith in one's own ideas and beliefs and acting upon these convictions. In trusting thyself one must be confident in what he or she has to offer, though society might shun it. It is evident in the movie Dead Poets Society that Todd Anderson, a character lacking self confidence and self esteem, does not allow his true feelings to prevail. In a particular situation in the movieTodd's friends decide to sneak out of the institution where they are staying to recite poetry in a cave. When Todd declares that he is not so sure about the idea his friends continually beg and plead with him until Todd finally gives in. Through this situation one can see that Todd Anderson in not at all self-reliant. Todd does not express his true feelings and emotions which cause Todd to make bad decisions. It can also be seen that Todd Anderson lacks self confidence when he is unable to express his own feelings in a classroom assignment. Todd is asked to recite a poem in front of the class which he is afraid to do because he is too shy and lacks the self esteem needed to do this assignment. However, with his teacher, Mr. Keating encouraging him, Todd gains what he needs and is able to complete the assignment. Through Todd's action of participating one can see that this is very beneficial to him. By taking part in the assignment Todd gains self confidence, self esteem, a sense of self worth, and courage. A second transcendental truth, non conformity, a concept in which a person expresses their own thoughts and beliefs and acts upon their impulses that cause that person to become an individual and stand out in a crowd. In order to be a non conformist one must set their own expectations, stand for what he or she believes in, become self reliant, and march to their own beat. The young, eccentric, outgoing, Charles Dalton, in the Dead Poets Society, illustrates the concept of non conformity perfectly. The teacher, Mr. Keating, proposes a class assignment in which student are asked to walk around a court yard until each student conforms and marches in sync with the other. When this happens, Mr. Keating asks that everyone in the class participate and each walk at his own speed, pattern and style. Charles Dalton chooses not to walk and by doing so proves the point the teacher is trying to make that because something is popular it may not always be right. The ramifications of Charles Dalton opting not to participate are beneficial to not only him but also to his teacher. Dalton proves the point the teacher is trying to make and advances in the path of non conformity. By not walking Dalton is able to express his own feelings and thoughts. He learns that sometimes one's initial judgement is the right one. Whether Dalton Knows it or not he can be considered a non conformist. The effects of transcendentalism can be seen as having both positive and negative effects. By not expressing our own beliefs are actions do not become beneficial to us or to others. So to excel and succeed in all that we do we must be self-reliant and allow our true feelings to prevail.

Dead Poets Society The film, Dead Poets Society, is a story of a English professor who instructs a group of eager boys in a highly accredited and traditional boys academy. Professor Keatings, played by Robin Williams, introduces his students into the world of poetry. Throughout the school year, the professor inspires the students to seize the day and make their lives extraordinary. A group of students gets swept away by their teachers enthusiastic spirit, and they decide to reorganize The Dead Poets Society, a select club which used to meet in a cave when the professor attended school, to experience inspiration through poetry. The inspirational impact he has on his students backfires when the schools board of trustees finds out about the unorthodox teaching methods that go on in the classroom. One of his students commits suicide after the boys father, a very controlling man, rejects his son and his enthusiasm for acting and the stage. Professor Keatings doesnt follow textbooks or the curriculum, but teaches from his heart. Unlike his conservative colleagues, Keating employs decidedly unorthodox teaching methods and strives to teach more than just his subject matter, which is poetry. His goal is to inspire his students to suck the bone of life to the marrow, to seize the day and to make their lives extraordinary. In Keating's class, you learn passion, courage, romanticism, and, of course poetry. You pass if you avoid conformity and find your own voice, and you fail if you neglect to live life to the fullest. The impact that professor Keatings has on his students is eternal. His spirit will probably always live in his students hearts. Any teacher who is like Keatings is priceless. He wasnt just teacher of academics but a teacher of life. I have had some teachers similar to Professor Keatings, whom I will always remember. Professor Keatings techniques were unconventional but they inspired his students to the fullest. This film relates to the Intro to Education 150 course because the course is designed to cause one to reflect broadly on just what it takes to be an effective teacher. The course content, like the film, Dead Poets Society, helps us to focus our passion and interests in teaching.

 

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