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Similarities in “Miss Jean Brodie”, “Dead Poets Society”, and “The Trial andDeath of Socrates”Similarities in “Miss Jean Brodie”, “Dead Poets Society”, and “The Trial andDeath of Socrates”Paul B. CampanoThese three works share numerous similarities. The most obvious ofthese is their character’s desire and commitment to instructing and teachingyouth. Miss Jean Brodie dedicated a major part of her life to “her girls”. Shewould have done anything to help them.
As time went along, she grew too closeto them. As we saw, she was eventually betrayed by one of her own girls. Shehad her heart in the right place. She never did anything maliciously toward thegirls. She did not realize that there was a need to draw a line. It is too badthat she was treated as though she had done something wrong. The headmastershould have directed her venom at someone who was more deserving.
Professor Keating is another who had his pupils best interests at heart.His teaching methods were eccentric, but his point always came across loud andclear. He was idolized by his students.
In a school of such dignity andstaunchness, his approach was a breath of fresh air. He was never afraid to puthimself on the line if it meant that his students were to gain. This was nomore evident than with the Dead Poets Society. He knew that if it were everuncovered by the faculty higher-ups his job would be, at least, in seriousjeopardy.
This is another case of needless persecution of someone with the bestof intentions. It is ridiculous to think that he could have been implicated inany way to the suicide of one of his students. Firing Professor Keating was thebiggest disservice that the administration could have done to the student body.The most extreme case of this senseless persecution is that of Socrates.Here is a man of little means.
His only desire was to try to enlighten others,as well as himself. Was this not a noble cause? His demeanor was rough attimes, but his intentions were still pure. How can you punish, much less put todeath, a man such as Socrates? Apparently the jury knew.
Their decision toconvict and kill Socrates was outrageous. It can probably be best compared toTienimen Square. Anyone who dares to challenge the norm or go against authoritythey will be crushed.
Socrates should have escaped and taught elsewhere. Hisaim was to enlighten and to be enlightened; neither of which can he achieve fromthe grave.Miss Jean Brodie, Dead Poets Society, and The Trial and Death ofSocrates all share one thing. They each had a protagonist that was well likedby his or her students, had their students best interests at heart, and waseventually punished for their caring and dedication.