It’s ok to mourn the loss of someone with brilliance. Robin Williams had excellence and surpassed it often. He made me cry with tears of laughter in Mrs Doubtfire, he impressed the hell out of me in Good Will Hunting with his likeable but serious side. However, it was in Dead Poets Society he inspired me like no other teacher. In fact, Williams is the reason why I become a fully qualified High School Teacher
If I’m in the challenging profession of teaching boisterous teenagers, it’s simply because Robin Williams’ charismatic performance motivated me to make a difference and make an impact in a child’s life as he did.
The plot is perfect. An English professor John Keating arrives at a strict boys academy, his unconventional teaching methods breathe new life into the curriculum steeped in tradition. With his wit and wisdom, Keating inspires his students to pursue individual passions and make their lives extraordinary. This film was one of the most compelling box office triumphs of 1989. It touched audiences and critics alike with its brilliant acting, uplifting story and superb craftsmanship. Williams was Oscar nominated for best actor for this role, sadly losing out to Daniel Day Lewis in My Left Foot. Although he lost, he won our hearts with his touching performance.
What will always spring to mind is although Keating was fired for influencing others to think freely and lost the trust of the headmaster, he won the students over as they stood on their table, defying the headmaster and said “Oh Captain my Captain.”
That was truly moving and if any teacher feels that emotion of respect and adoration from your students than I’m happy to say you’ve done a good job. I know I’ve felt these rewarding emotions. Thank you Robin!