He is a middle aged man, a former student at Welton and one of the founders of the “Dead Poets Society”. The school has recruited him as an English professor. He has a very unconventional way of teaching, for instance he tells the students to rip out pages in their textbook, kick footballs for a whole lesson and march in line and rephrase quotations. This makes the others teachers look askance at him and despise his way of teaching. The students get a new perspective of life where they can decide for themselves what to do or not. Mr. Keating sees himself as their captain on their journey to independence. His proverb is “Seize the day”, make your lives extraordinary.
He’s got charisma, charm and he knows how important it is to follow your heart- and he’s not afraid to share this with the students, nor encouraging them to oppose their strict and conservative parents.
Mr. Keating wants to educate his students to become free thinkers and individuals, which makes him a real danger for the conservative administration. After Neil Perry´s suicide, Mr. Keating is made responsible for encouraging the boys to organise the “Dead Poets Society” and for abusing his position as a teacher. These accusations finally lead to his expulsion from Welton.
In conclusion, Mr. Keating is a gifted teacher who is able to influence his students in the best possible way.
Keating’s philosophy is based on ‘carpe diem’. ‘Carpe diem’ is a Latin term which means ‘seize the day’. Keating wants nobody to waste their time. He explains that every second of life is important and should be spent in a meaningful and extraordinary way. Keating wants to show something different to his pupils because he knows that they have routine lifes at Welton Academy. In his lessons he wants a change. Keating wants the guys to flee from everyday school life and to be together in a group of friends. Keating’s desire is that the guys understand and like poems. In conclusion Keating’s philosophy is...