DEAD POETS SOCIETY
by Chonrada Narawasinchai
Which duration in our life is sweeter than the teenage years? If you ask me, my answer is None. At that young age, we dream, were inspired and had a lot of energy. At that time, our hearts were flying with our dreams. Please ask yourself that what did you do when you were young? Playing music, playing sports, volunteering or going out for the protest? Or you had the same activity like a group of young people – Dead Poets Society?
Dead Poets Society is the movie that you have to fall in love if you are a young person who is full of dreams and believe that young people can create other bigger things than just studying. This movie is a story about a teacher named Keating and his students. Keating has a different way of teaching than teachers. He teaches his students to leave the class room behind and not get stuck with traditional textbooks but find themselves, try to look at things from different points of view and follow their desires. He always shares his favorite quote, “Carpe Diem!” (Seize the day!)
Dead Poets Society raised a challenging question for the mainstream educational system. Even though this film was released in 1989, this question still exists. Now mainstream education has been shaped to be the fighting weapon in the competitive world until you forget what you really want in your life. Then the next question after seeing Dead Poets Society must be, “Did you seize the day?”