Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dead Poet's Society and The Pursuit of Happyness

One of the interesting aspects of the father son relationship is Chris’s dilemma. A loving father, he always wants the best for his son. In one of the scenes we see, Chris acting like a typical father saying his that he was never good at playing basket ball, so he should not go for basketball but then he understands that what he said was not fair.

This scene I like most. Althrough his life, Chris Gardner suffered a lot because he does not have a good educational background. He was not good at games. He was just an average guy. He does not want his son to go through that same struggle but then he realizes it is his life and he can not control his son’s life. Just because he failed to become a good basket ball player does not mean that his son cannot become a basket ball player. So he tells him

Christopher Gardner: Hey. Don't ever let somebody tell you... You can't do something. Not even me. All right?

Christopher: All right.

Christopher Gardner: You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it. Period.

In the end, through his struggle for six months as an intern he fulfills his dream and sets example towards his son that one got to protect his dream. It reminds me of Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard) in Dead Poet’s Society, whose love for theatre was not appreciated by his father who wants him to become a doctor. In the end, Neil commits suicide.

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