Two different places and two different times. Not a single
character with the same name, or nickname. The setting in both
the novel and movie, although I think that the movie was a novel
before it was a movie, are similar and dissimilar at times. Both
take place at Boys Schools, although the air surrounding both
schools are not quite the same.
One school is dedicated to preparing its students for college
and the other was simply a school for boys, a place where mothers
sent their sons to be educated without letting them be entangled by
the outside world. The climates of the two schools were similar in
the fact that they had an obvious winter, while other places just get
cold they actually had snow at both schools.
The schools were where the stories were mainly centered.
They were both boys schools, but Devon had a casual air about it.
Wellton is a completely different story, at Wellton, or Hellton as
the natives call it, everything is work. No radios are allowed
inside of Wellton, and the rules are strict. Not to mention the fact
that the Dean of students is evilly cruel, and willing to deal out a
severe beating or expulsion to anyone who disobeys him. While at
Devon the Dean of students isn't said to be as evil as the dean of
Hellton. At Devon the course of study is not as rigorous as the
classes the students of Wellton take.
Although both of the schools are boys schools, they have
very different occurrences. While one student from Wellton may
delight at the creation of a radio receiver for his enjoyment, at
Devon it may not be the same. Apparently Devon students
enjoyed the summer most of all, that is because of the Super
Suicide Society of Summer Session, while the members of the
Dead Poets Society seemed to prefer the colder climate. Speaking
of the SSSS, the time at which the story of Devons students begins
is a sort of summer school, while the beginning of the story of the
students of Wellton begins on the first day of school.
Some of the events that happen between the two schools
have similarities, but even in the similarities there were
differences. Such as the deaths of the two students, one from each
school. One student died of a simple bone fragment, a freak
occurrence. While at the school of Wellton, a boy, I should say
pre-adult, put a bullet through himself, killing himself, suicide.
By some religions suicide is considered a mortal sin, but thats a
completely different discussion all together.
One died because of a broken leg, the other a demanding
father that wished to make his son into who had wanted to be.
While the setting of the bone could have been done elsewhere and
saved the life of the boy, it would have happened that way even if
it happened again, but if the father had taken time to let his son
decide where he wanted to go, instead of his father telling him,
this child would still be experiencing the world, instead of feeding
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