Poetic Answers #7
Here are your responses to the seventh question which asks how the poetry
book made it into Neil's room. And if Keating put it there, why would he
do that, knowing the present administration would not look favorably on
markievich: I think Mr. Keating did
put the poetry book in Neil's room. I also think he put it there even though
he knew that the administration wouldn't like it, he was trying to teach
the boys to think for themselves, and not always do what people tell them
to do. I think he knew that Neil was ready to do things for himself, his
father just wouldn't let him. I think that is why he gave him the
book, even though he knew the administration wouldn't like it.
Lex: Keating put the book in his room,
that much is obvious. Regardless of what the administration would
frown on, that isn't what Keating is all about. Keating uses his
class to teach not only poetry, but to teach the boys how to think for
themselves and make the most of their lives. Sometimes that involves breaking
the rules. It is possible to break
some rules without hurting anyone, and Keating knows that. He
gave Neil the book, b/c he knew the Dead Poets Society was back regardless,
so why not make it as great as he knew it could be?
EllaSFOT@aol.com: Mr. Keating had
to put it there. Why? When he was asked about the Society, he knew then
that the interest was there. Yet, the boys needed a little more information.
Already, at this early stage, he could see the interest the boys had and
the flame in their eyes. He knew, that given a little prodding, the
boys' interest would grow, just as his did in his younger days. So,
it was wrong to sneak out and participate when he was in school, and it
was considered wrong now. Big deal for his helping them. He
was a teacher, not a priest. What good was it to be a teacher, if
he couldn't help his students "seize life?"
Kristian: I think that Mr Keating put
the book into Neilís room. Because he wanted them to start the club again.
Because they wanted excitement.
Jason Harris: Of course
Keating ut the book there, who else would have. The reason Keating placed
the book there was because he saw that the boys weren't really into poetry
and he knew what a beautiful thing poetry is and he thought this would
be a way to get the boys interseted. And I am sure he also didn't see any
harm in it.
Sylvia: I think Keating gave them the
book to see what would happen. Maybe it's a test, an experiment.
Or - I've got a suspicious mind - he warns them publicly, covering
himself (but of course he must know about "forbidden fruit") then gives
them the book on the sly - it's possible to read DPS as the story of "Keating's
attempted revenge on Welton", whether conscious or (more likely) unconscious.
Keating casts himself as a hero, challenging his hated old school in order
to free its current generation of victims. But when Charlie says,
"schools go down because of things like this", maybe he's bringing a hidden
wish into the open. In the event, one assumes the school survives
while (thanks to their classroom protest) most of the senior boys are expelled
along with Keating; but the boy who most resembled Keating himself, his
spiritual successor as re-convener of the Society, is dead. Keating
has betrayed and destroyed himself in the form of Neil. What price a vengeance
which the avenger has represented to himself as a liberating crusade?
Class of 99 Alberton , South Africa:
I think They found it in the library or it was one of the reference books,
because not once do they show it to Keating nor do they discuss why he
would do such a thing against his own words.
Du Toit Albertus: I
think Keating put it there. I think he enjoyed the idea of a new DPS being
created in school, a bit of a trip down nostalgia lane.