Kleinmann, N.H.: Dead Poets Society

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DEAD POETS SOCIETY N.H.Kleinmann 1989, Bantam Books AUTHOR N.H. Kleinbaum, a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, is a former newspaper reporter and editor. Her other novelizations include the Bantam Starfire title Growing Pains and D.A.R.Y.L. She lives in Mt. Kisco, New York, with her husband and her three children. LITERARY TYPE GENRE Dead Poets Society is based on the motion picture written by Tom Schulman, so it is the novelization of this film. SETTING The story is set in the US in the US at Welton Academy, which is the best preparatory school in the US, in the fifties (to be exact 1959) and covers about four months of a school year. NARRATOR The story is told in the form of a third-person narrative. He or she is omniscient. PLOT (and its development) The teacher of English John Keating inspires Todd Anderson and his friends to recreate the Dead Poets Society, a secret club where members are free from everyday compulsions and the expectations of their school and parents. They read poems to each other, discover the beauty of language and understand the meaning of Carpe Diem to make life extraordinary, to make each moment count. Mr Nolan dissolves the Dead Poets Society after Neil after Neil, a member of the club, shoots himself because his parents forbid him to fulfil his biggest dream: to become an actor. In the end Mr Keating is suspended for neglecting his responsibility. The action is presented chronologically with no leaps of time ...

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