My First Day Of The New Semester Essay

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On the first day of the new semester, a new teacher arrives at the Welton Academy for boys, his name is Mr. Keating and he has a different way of teaching the boys in his class. Two of the boys that attend his class go by the names of Neil and Todd. Todd is painfully shy and constantly under fire from his strict parents. They expect him to live up to his brothers legacy by going to Yale and becoming a lawyer. Todd isn’t the only one that has strict parents, Neil is also under a lot of pressure from his father. Neil’s father orders him to drop involvement with nearly everything so that way he can focus on his grades and become a doctor, much like himself. Todd and Neil compare the struggles that they both share with their parents. Todd does not want to become a lawyer, instead he wants to be a writer. He can not bring himself to tell his parents though. Mr. Keating is the new English teacher at Welton, he doesn’t teach the boys the same way that the others do. Keating dares the boys in his class to call him ‘O Captain, My Captain’ these are examples of how Mr. Keating wants them to think for themselves rather than conform to what the other teachers want them to. He tells his class the phrase ‘Carpe Diem’ or “seize the day” furthering his cause to make the boys think for themselves. Todd and Neil aren’t alone in this new setting, a small group of boys form. They include, Knox Overstreet, Charlie Dalton, Richard Cameron, Steven Meeks, and Gerard Pitts. The boys don’t really…

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