Dead Poets Society is a poignant film that touches on various important issues, all which can be related back to real life. The all boys school of Welton Academy enforces a strict and unbreakable code of discipline and conformity, whilst also weighing on the students shoulders are high expectations from both parents and school. For six particular students, this code is a source of teenage rebellion and as an act of utter defiance and curiosity they reform the infamous Dead Poets Society, partaking in many "banned" activities. The boys also deal with approaching adulthood and through some cleverly taught lessons by Mr Keating, he helps his students to find their own destiny and identity. But, as life enviably ends, the tight knit group of friends are devastated with the death of Neil Perry, and as they mourn the tragedy surrounding his death, they learn the invaluable lesson of life and death.
Welton Academy is an elite all boys school that impose a strict and unbreakable code of discipline and conformity, with the students experiencing ridiculously high expectations from parents and the school alike. To the students that attend the school, this is their life and a lifestyle in which they must accept and withstand. With the school motto being the "tradition, honour, discipline and excellence" it is easy to recognise the traditionalist views of the school community. It is true that some private boarding school like this still exist, but the severity of school attitude does not, for time have definitely changed. Between the rigorous daily lessons, such as trigonometry and Latin, and between the regulated eating and free activity time, the students are always on a pre-destined schedule. The pressure to excel is also enormous, and on the first day of the new school year the senior class is informed by their science teacher, "The first twenty questions at the end of chapter one are due tomorrow.