Schulman, Tom – Dead Poets Society


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  1. Profile photo of Karen LeeKaren Lee Post author

    When one witnesses a book with the title Dead Poets Society, he/she might dismiss the book due to the word “dead” in the title. He/she might misunderstand that this book is a cheap, random horror story created for mere entertainment. However, Dead Poets Society is literally the most inspirational book ever, and that is why one should never judge a book by its cover. Now, let’s learn more about this book!

    Dead Poets Society is a book written by N.H. Kleinbaum based on the motion picture written by Tom Schulman that not only received box office success but also gained global acclaim.

    The book has an extremely relatable and interesting plot. The protagonists of the book are Mr. Keating, Neil Perrry, and Todd Anderson who all attend an exclusive private school Welton Academy. The students of Welton Academy live lives that seem dreadful to us, but are considered as a shortcut to success to them. Todd is about to join the academy with great pressure due to his perfect older brother, who is the excellent graduate of Welton Academy. In this academy, one needs to ace everything in order to survive. One needs to compete with the other students at all times. Mr. Keating, who was the academy’s graduate many years ago, returns to teach English. He saves the students by guiding them to stop for a moment, to really open their eyes, and to sincerely contemplate their lives and futures. In the process of Mr. Keating’s authentic teaching, the reader is sure to fall in love with him and truly learn multiple facts of life as one of his students. However, the book has a twist ending that could only be discovered if one reads the book!

    After reading this book, I felt extremely touched. I unceasingly cried for 20 minutes nonstop. I seriously wanted to choke the original author: Tom Schulman, for making the ending so sad. I really do respect Mr. Keating and personally think his teaching style to be just perfect. He genuinely taught the students things related to life and the world, when the other teachers simply forced students to memorize lists of words, formulas, and equations. Mr. Keating once recited a poem: To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time, which was so touching and heartwarming that I myself memorized it as well:

    Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
    Old time is still a flying:
    And this same flower that smiles today,
    Tomorrow will be dying.
    (Kleinbaum 25)

    The Latin term of the sentiment “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may” is “Carpe Diem”. It means seize the day, make much of one’s time, and live one’s life deliberately. I wholeheartedly agree, because one never knows when one will die. Therefore, one should definitely check Dead Poets Society out and not regret when he/she meets his/her end!

    I give ten out ten for this book, because this book is literally is the best book that I have ever read in my entire 16 years of life. When I am encountered with any kinds of troubles now, I don’t talk to my friends or my family. Instead, I flip through Dead Poets Society and read the best parts, which have been marked with the bright yellow post-it notes by myself. This book is my inspiration, and I am certain that I would never be able to obliterate the lessons I learned from this book. I recommend everyone to read this book. Give this book a chance and let this book become your mentor of life – guiding you through your ups and downs.

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