Factual error: The film takes place in a private boarding school the 1950's, however one of the students is studying from a 1980's chemistry textbook. The obvious giveaway is that the spine of one book shows HBJ as the publisher. Jovanovich was not added to Harcourt Brace until the 1970s.
Neil's play is a huge success, but his father realizes he lied about quitting the play, and pulls him out of Welton Academy. Neil committs suicide, leaving his friends distraught and the Welton administration to believe that Mr. Keating was at fault. Charlie punches Cameron and gets kicked out of school. The headmaster forces the boys to sign a paper saying it was all Keating's fault, he gets fired, but as he leaves, the remaining students shout "O Captain My Captain" and stand on their desks to salute him.
John Keating: We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life! Of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... Of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
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