Dead Poets Society (1989) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His room-mate, Neil Perry, although exceedingly bright and popular, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father. The two, along with their other friends, meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who tells them of the Dead Poets Society, and encourages them to go against the status quo. Each, in their own way, does this, and are changed for life.

    - Written by Liz Jordan <c9310494@alinga.newcastle.edu.au>
  • A new English teacher, John Keating, is introduced to an all-boys preparatory school that is known for its ancient traditions and high standards. He uses unorthodox methods to reach out to his students, who face enormous pressures from their parents and the school. With Keating's help, students Neil Perry, Todd Anderson and others learn to break out of their shells, pursue their dreams and seize the day.

    - Written by Jwelch5742
  • Todd's Parents want him to become a lawyer, and he wants to do acting. He is taking extra classes at school, and his father make him drop out of them. So he decides to try out for the play and doesn't tell his father, but he finds out eventually. He makes in in the play, and his father tells him he can't be in the play. So Todd goes to his teacher and tells him that his father said he could be in the play. So he does the play and on the live night his father walks in and sees him in the play, and is mad. After the play Todd's father takes him home and said he is going to take him out of the school. Because of this Todd decides to kill himself. And everyone blames the teacher for his death, whom it was really the father.

    - Written by jtrent238
  • English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.


New England, the late 1950s. Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke), a lonely and painfully shy teenager, who is under pressure by his stern parents because he must live up to his older brother's reputation to attend Yale and become a lawyer...

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