Tribute: Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society

Just yesterday, while watching Oscar videos in YouTube, I accidentally stumbled upon Robin Williams.

For a moment I felt cold and numb. Because, I knew Mr. Williams is no more and he was one of the greatest entertainers of the generation.

I’ve watched one by one, Robin Williams’ Oscar appearances. He was witty and funny in all of them, maybe except in the 1998 Oscar moment, where he was in the podium to receive the award for best actor in a supporting role.


He said, “This is the only time I am speechless”. Indeed, this man has always find happiness in giving people joy than accepting it. And sadly, it could well be the reason why he decided to end his life abrupt.

Robin Williams was the smiling face for everyone. He got the nick to fix desolate situations. He surely was Hollywood’s comic relief. That is the same fact I find real hard to chew, because a man of his stature, an impeccable human being suddenly resorted to killing himself, leaving no trace of what actually went wrong in the script of his life.

I hadn’t seen Goodwill Hunting, which many argue his best movie. But my love for Robin Williams was rooted when I watched the movie Dead Poets Society.

Literally, I was awestruck by the film with Williams giving life to a Character that a few will only forget.

Dead Poets Society was an eye opening film. Wonderful narration, extraordinary youngsters casted along Mr. Williams and dreamy script enabled the movie a reminiscent experience.

Keating, who scaled life without the regular life-gears, was an exemplary example and the most important thing of all was – they chose the best of actor to do the role. Dead Poets Society was revered because Robin Williams has touched it.

I remember when we heard the news of his demise; everyone took it to the social media to show their respect by posting the beloved phrase from Dead Poets Society – “Oh Captain My Captain!”

I always say to my pals that of all the good movies ever made, Dead Poets Society may not be counted as the best one ever. The point however that it was a movie happened at the right time and was inevitable.

Even though Robin Williams found it hard to cling on to hope in his real life his thorough act as the agent of hope worked out extremely well in the movie. It moved the audience, touched them deep within to remind them one of their hardest dream – to have a great teacher.


The void Mr. Williams left behind was easy to understand as we watch Whoopie Goldberg and Steve Martin almost sobbing, a scene a few would love to watch, when they try to recollect their memories about their “friend” and “brother”

There is a gripping suicide scene in Dead Poets Society. The blue eyed boy, Neil Perry kills himself with a hand gun. In the movie he was a real promise. He represented the energy of youth and obedience of a fine young man. His frenzy was envied by everyone including every single member of audience who watched him play lead role in Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer night’s dream’.

The wild joy named Neil Perry took a short cut to dismantle his life, thereby everyone’s life by choosing metal bullets. That moment is the single most haunting scene in Dead Poets Society let alone the moment Todd Anderson reacts like his heart is broken.


It is an irony, maybe, years later Robin Williams too bowed out in a similar fashion. Silently, he proclaimed he lost the battle with days and he is no more the captain.


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