The two boys challenge conformity that overwhelms them and as all action do their acts of rebellion against conformity To conclude the sometimes overwhelming theme of conformity is the biggest theme in ‘Dead Poet Society.
The schools never ending pressure of conformity placed on the boys, Mr.
Babbitt was proud of being awakened by such a rich device."(Babbitt pg.3) Babbitt praises the technology of his alarm clock only because it is a symbol of material worth and therefore social status.
All of Babbitt's actions and thoughts are controlled by the standards of Zenith.
At Walton Academy they demand conformity of its students.
The camera zooms into a group of straight-faced and disciplined young boys who are reciting the four pillars until their faces only fill the screen.The close up was a very subtle way of having the screen showing only the boys saying the same four words as well as all looking the same.The schools conformity is also demonstrated when the headmaster coerces the students to sign a statement."His every action is related to the phenomena of that society.It is not what he feels and aspires to that moves him primarily; it is what the folks around him will think."(Mencken).These simple actions sake the boys conform to the school and conformity Is a major theme In ‘Dead Poet Mr.Seating’s informal attitude towards teaching challenges conformity. Keating and his students in the hall envelops both the students and Mr. With other teachers we have had a tracking shot or a low angle shot to show the superiority of the teacher.The school demands for conformity from the students, Mr.Seating’s Informal attitude In teaching challenges conformity and how the movie shows many consequences of conformity prove that conformity Is the mall theme In ‘Dead Poet Society.A proud, admiring feeling of Todd Is achieved with the angle looking up at him and the swelling music accompanying the shot.Instead of having a negative consequence of conformity Like Knell’s culled the conformity that Todd fights has a costive effect a rise In his self confidence level.