Of course, Keating had the book with him, but who wouldn't? Keating placed the book there because he noticed that the guys weren't very interested in poetry, and he understood what a lovely thing poetry is, so he felt this would be a good approach to pique their attention. After all, if you want to catch flies, offer them sugar-water...
Nowadays, we have realized that trying to get people's attention by giving them books is not the best method, but back then they didn't know any better. Mr. Keating was aware of this fact and decided to use this approach with the boys. Although it wasn't very successful, this method can still be used in situations like this one, where you want to attract someone's interest.
Besides, Keating gave Neil the book as a sign of respect for his intelligence. You see, in the novel and the movie, it is clearly seen that Neil likes to read, so Keating wanted to show him some appreciation by giving him something interesting. In real life, however, things are a little different. It is known that Chris Hemsworth doesn't like to read, so why would Keating give him something literary? Probably because he wanted to make him feel welcome.
Say it aloud: "Pause." Why does he force them to shred pages from their books? Mr. Keating believes that reading poetry is important because we are the human race, and humans are full of passion, thus poetry is about passion. He instructs them to pull out the pages in order to maintain the notion of their thinking for themselves alive. Also, he wants them to experience the reality of powerlessness over their own lives.
Poetry is powerful because it can make you feel many different things at once. When you read a poem, it gives you a taste of what it's like to be someone else - in this case, someone who has written something beautiful. Poetry can make you feel sad or happy, angry or afraid. It can make you laugh or cry. The only thing it cannot do is nothingness, so in a way, ripping out a page from your book hurts the mind too.
This story takes place in a school called St. Francis Xavier. It's a Catholic school and they follow the teachings of his name, which include being kind to others and helping those in need. Mr. Keating is the teacher here and he likes to teach students about life by telling stories. In the end, everyone loses their minds but him!
We don't read or create poetry because we think it's cute. We read and compose poetry because we are human beings. And the human race is rife with zeal. And medical, law, business, and engineering are all noble vocations that are required to support life.
Poetry is as essential for understanding humans as science is. You can't understand one without the other. And as long as there are people who will work hard to destroy others, there will be scientists who try to discover how they function and why they do what they do.
The same goes for poets. Science studies what happens in the world around us. Poetry studies what happens inside our minds when we're alone.
People need both science and poetry to understand themselves and their world. One cannot exist without the other. They are twins connected at the heart and separated by society. One is not useful without the other. And as long as one group attacks the other, there will be people who will fight for truth and justice, and others who will just want to use them for their own purposes.
Truth will always win out in the end. Science has proven this over and over again. And as long as people require proof before they believe in something, poetry will also win out over time.
"I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we should continually look at things in a new perspective," Keating says to the lads. "Boys, you must struggle to discover your own voice, because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all," he continues. Every one of their other questions is answered in this video. It's great.
He also informs the youngsters that if they dare, they might call him "Oh Captain, my Captain" (the title of a Walt Whitman song about Abraham Lincoln). These illustrations of Mr. Keating's lectures demonstrate to the boys how to think for themselves.
In conclusion, Mr. Keating tells the boys that he believes in them and that they can do anything they put their minds to. He then gives each boy a gold watch as an incentive to success.
Now you know how Sam Elliott became Mr. Peanut.
Neil auditioned for a part in a play and was cast as the lead. He was overjoyed, but he didn't tell his father (Mr. Perry). Mr. Keating, Neil's instructor, walked in and informed him that if this is what he really wanted to do, he should talk to his father about continuing in the play. Mr. Keating also told Neil that if he decides not to go ahead with the play, he could transfer to another school year round.
Neil thanked Mr. Keating for his advice and went to see his father. They had a heart-to-heart conversation and finally agreed that it was best for Neil to stay in school and focus on getting his degree. After hearing this, Mr. Perry told Neil that he should follow his heart and let nothing stand in his way.
Neil then called the director of the play and told him that he wasn't able to make it today but would like to continue working on the script. The director replied that although there was no role for him currently, they would keep his information on file in case anything changes in the future.
After this incident, Neil visited Mr. Keating once again to tell him how things turned out. Mr. Keating congratulated him again and said he was sure everything would work out fine.
One day during lunch break, Neil saw Mr. Keating talking to Mr. Perry in the hallway.