Dead Poets Society Characters

Dead Poets Society Character List

Mr. Keating

An unconventional English teacher who joins Welton Academy as the movie begins, John Keating is an ex-student of the school who has already lost many jobs. He attracts the students attention by asking them to address him as 'Oh captain,my captain.' He also attracts the attention of the teaching faculty by encouraging the students to stand on their desks, rip their textbook and develop their own walk. Mr. Keating urges his students to view English and poetry as something necessary for life other than a mundane school subject. The students are initially suspicious of him but learn to trust Mr. Keating when he convinces them to revive the secret 'Dead Poets Society' that he ran as a student. This enables Neil to talk to Mr.Keating about his fear of his father and his desire to become an actor. Neil participates in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' against his father's wishes. This ultimately leads to his suicide. Mr.Keating is made a scapegoat for Neli's death and rusticated by Nolan.

Mr. Keating uses his unconventional ideas to negate the 4 pillars of Welton Academy and represents the progressive ideas that were rejected in 1950's England.

Neil Perry

Neil is an extremely talented but fearful young boy who yearns to become an actor but lacks the desire to face his stone-hearted father. Mr. Keating not only helps Neil realize his true aspiration but also face his family about fulfilling his dreams rather than becoming a doctor . This leads Neil to participate in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' against his father's will. This triggers a major face off with his father where Neil is forced to go to Harward university to pursue medicine. Neil fully frees his spirit and commits suicide after this. His death shatters all of his friends and Mr.Keating is falsely accused of inciting him.

Todd Andersen

Todd is an introverted new student who is sent to Welton Academy in order to fulfill the shoes of his older brother. Todd lacks the ability to express his desires in front of his parents who don't appear to have a strong relationship with him. Neil decides to reach out to Todd and encourage him to stand up for himself. Neil's suicide presents Todd with the courage to speak up against Mr. Nolan and express his views in front of him.

Richard Cameron

Cameron is one of the few students in Wellton who idolizes Mr.Nolan's traditionist views. He also carries the pillar of tradition in the beginning of the movie. He is grimly accepted into the Dead Poets Society and does not fully support the idea as he considers it to be against the school code. He also wants to 'let Keating fry' and falsely blame him for Neil's suicide in order to maintain his position at the school. Cameron epitomizes blind obedience in the story

Charlie Dalton

The son of a rich banker, Charlie is a happy go lucky rebel who does not care about his position at Welton. He, unlike his friends, does not show any suspicion of Keating and his enjoys his new teacher. His actions get out of control and lead his friends to trouble when a publishes an article demanding the admission of girls in Welton and makes fun of Nolan mid chapel. However, he stays loyal to his friends and does not disclose their names even though he is beaten up by Nolan. His nickname in the film is Nuanda.

Knox Overstreet

A member of the Dead Poets Society that supports Mr. Keating but spends his time thinking about his love interest.

Mr.Gale Nolan

The traditionalist Headmaster of Wellton, Mr. Nolan sternly aims to entrench the 4 pillars of the institution into the students minds.He keeps looking for a way to rusticate Mr. Keating as his unconventional ways contradict his own ideals. He does so by making Mr. Keating the scapegoat of Neil Perry's suicide and forcing all members of the Dead Poets Society to confirm that he is responsible for what happened. Mr.Nolan is shown to appear old and powerless at the end of the film when most of the class rebels against him. Mr. Nolan epitomizes the theme of tradition in the movie.

Stephen Meeks

Meeks can be seen as the nerd or geek of the group. He supports the actions of his friends but lacks the courage to speak out alone.

Christian Noel

Noel also He supports the actions of his friends and respects Mr. Keating but lacks the courage to speak out alone.

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