By Shayla Scallorn
Social Media Editor
Seven straight-laced boys attending a prestigious preparatory school quickly take a liking to their new English teacher who offers them a new perspective on individuality, life and the value of literature. The 128 minute drama "Dead Poets Society" directed by Peter Weir will not only heave at your heart strings but leave you questioning society and contemplating the true power of literature.
Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard) is an outgoing and motivated young man placed on a career path towards medicine by his overbearing father. Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke) is painfully shy, struggles socially and is under constant pressure to live up to his successful older brother’s name.
Neil, Todd and their group of friends are all students at Welton Academy for boys set in 1956 New England. The school's four pillars (tradition, honor, discipline and excellence) stress the importance of a strict, uniform-learning environment. It is essentially a breeding ground for the nation’s future doctors, lawyers and scientists.
By Carly Guise
Red Lion has a lot of things, but school pride isn’t one of them.
I mean, sure, the elementary school kids love spirit days. They love wearing their black and gold shirts that are just a tad too big and they take honest-to-God pride in their special pencils that they get for displaying good “Red Lion character.”
But, let’s go past the fifth grade. Even sixth, maybe--if you’re lucky. Let’s fast-forward to the junior high years; the glorious, the glamorous, and by far the most awkward part of 99 percent of the population’s collective lives.
The junior high, in my eyes, is where pride goes to die. It’s nothing against the building or the people working there. They try, they do the best that they can with what they’ve got to work with.
It’s the age group they’re dealing with that’s the problem. A bunch of barely-teenagers who all desperately just want to be seen as ‘cool’ in the eyes of their fellow classmates.
Somewhere down the line, someone decided that having school spirit was no longer the ‘cool’ thing to do. Most of them would rather die than be caught participating in Tacky Tourist Tuesday or Dress Like a Friend Day.
I know this because I was one of those kids. I suppose I still am, in a way. I don’t want to go out of my way to dress for a specific day, but I won’t go out of my way to avoid it, either. I also no longer desperately seek the approval of my peers, but that’s for another time.
I always thought that everyone hated Red Lion, especially those who’ve actually gone here. It seemed like all anyone ever had to say about our school was a list of complaints three miles long.
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