Written by Mr. Mouseburger 11th Mar 2007
Kindly submitted by ifihadlegs
Neil Perry is an aspiring actor at an independant American school in the 1950s. Under the tutelege of unorthodox new teacher, John Keating, Neil and a group of his friends are encouraged to start "thinking outside the box" and pursuing their dreams, by re-forming the Dead Poets Society, a society that Keating and his fellow students set up years earlier.
This proves fatal for Neil as his dictatorial father has firm views that Neil will be a doctor and forbids him from taking part in any extra-curricular drama activities, as his studies are suffering. This dictat quashes Neil's dreams of becoming an actor but in a show of defiance he takes part in a play anyway.
Neil's father finds out that his son is acting in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', and goes to the theatre to meet his son. Wordlessly, he takes Neil home and behind closed doors the pair have a massive row, the result of which is Neil being taken out of school and sent to military academy.
This proves to be the last straw for Neil and in a tastefully done suicide scene, Neil takes his father's handgun, stands shirtless in front of an open window in the middle of winter with a wreath on his head, and shoots himself (off camera).