Neil’s clearly existential actions were a necessary step in his process of self-discovery and individual growth.On the complete other side of the spectrum is Knox Overstreet, the poster child of transcendentalism—and romanticism, in general.
Keating taking his class into the hall way and asking the boys questions. Mulberry said the way you stand can give an audience a vibe of your interest in your conversation. Keating in “Dead Poet’s Society’ was physically involved in his conversations.
When Neil Perry decides to pursue a career in the performing arts, rather than in medicine, his father, Mr. Unmoved by Neil’s extraordinary performance in the play , Mr.
Perry continues to insist on controlling his son’s life and dictating his every move. Perry’s efforts were in vain; Neil had already experienced freedom—a privilege not easily relinquished.
Though he lost everything in the process, suicide was the only way for Neil to stand up to his father and live life to the fullest (ala “Carpe Diem”).
Through the act of suicide, Neil is taking control of his life decisions—and must, as a result, accept the consequences.