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False Ideals in Society When our founding fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence, they wrote about ideals that they thought that society would have to conform to. Society’s constant pressures that force one to conform, invalidate the democratic ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence that “…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among those are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”. The novel Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger and the movie Dead Poets Society directed by Peter Weir, illustrate the pressures present in society today and how those pressures force one to conform to society. Characters in both texts are put into predicaments that lead one to believe that the democratic ideals in the Declaration of Independence are false. The characters are also different in the way they conform to the pressures. One of the ideals in the Declaration of Independence is the right to live. In an idealistic, utopian society, everybody would live their own lives and wouldn’t have society pressuring them to make different decisions or to change their way of thinking. Characters from Catcher in the Rye and Dead Poets Society , such as Holden Caulfield and Neil Perry, are pressured to make different decisions and are constantly pressured to alter their thinking. Holden is pressured to stay in school and to apply himself. After learning that Holden got expelled, Phoebe yelled “‘Daddy’ll kill you!’” (Salinger, 165) expressing the pressure that Holden’s father puts on him to stay in school. Holden is being threatened to get “killed” if he didn’t stay in school. His father is pressuring him to
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stay, so Holden can't make his own decision to quit school or to go to another school. Holden is pressured to go to Pencey by his parents, even though he thinks the school is “phony”. From Dead Poets Society , Neil is pressured a lot by his father to take certain courses and get into an Ivy League school. Neil’s father doesn’t take Neil’s interests into consideration. Neil wants to be an actor, but Mr. Perry wants him to be a doctor and go to
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Sierra during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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