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  1. Introduction
  2. The students of the society
  3. Holden
  4. Phoebe
  5. Holden's narration
  6. Conclusion

The Dead Poets Society, at its very core, transcends the message that art is meant to be lived and is meant to inspire. While the back-story of The Catcher in the Rye speaks more to the place of art in society, than the story itself does. In the Dead Poets Society, students willingly choose to participate in a cult-like appreciation for poetry. Here, the description shows that art, in the form of poetry and written content, can be used to inspire, driving passion.

[...] He is defensive, fixated on the injustices in his own life and the hypocrisy of everyday life. As a symbolic description of teenage life the reader sees Holden acting out his loneliness, drifting through his days, afraid of growing up; but unable to relate to anyone he retreats into himself. His mind runs on overdrive, always plotting and planning as he works through his own thoughts. He schemes through grand plans and elaborate escape mechanisms of his own mind. The general theme is his malaise. [...]

[...] Saving them from eventual depression Holden describes this job as being the ?catcher in the rye.' Through Phoebe, Holden learns that innocence of childhood is meant to be lost and he cannot protect every child as he so wishes. Holden's narration brings the reader through a series of encounters and events. After leaving his parents house he visits an old teacher, Mr Antolini. Here, again, Holden is trying to find some area of comfort, he goes to Mr. Antolini's to be reminded of what he liked in the man. [...]

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