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Entering a New World: the boys in the school hall.
Backstory of the New World: the best preparatory school in the country.
Introducing the Mentor: Mr Keating; been teaching in London.
Meeting Heroes 1 and 2: Todd, Neil meeting the teachers.
Goodbye to the Old World: they say goodbye to their parents.
Meeting the Shape Shifter: Cameron.
Meeting Hero 3 and Allies / Developing characters and relationships: Steven, Knox, Charlie et al walk into the room.
Hero 1's Inner Challenge: Todd is shy.
Meeting the Interdictor: Neil's Father.
Hero 2's Challenge: Neil is blocked by his Father.
Forced to the Journey: the boys start classes.
Ordinary World: the teachers, the classes etc.
Rules of this World: the teachers dictate the rules.
Supernatural Aid: Keating whistles into class and takes the boys out to see the photograph.
Call to Adventure: Carpe Diem; Oh Captain my Captain; gather ye Rosebuds while ye may; make your lives extraordinary.
Developing Shape Shifter / Characters and Relationships: do you think he'll test us on that stuff.
Foreshadow of Hero 3's Challenge: Knox going to the Danberrys.
Developing Hero 1's Challenge: Todd too shy to come to the study group.
Lift Off: "…ready to go….”
Hero 3's Challenge: Knox meets Chris.
Developing Characters and Relationships: in the study group.
Developing Hero 3's Challenge: Knox walks into the study group; tonight I met the most beautiful girl I have seen in my entire life.
Interdiction: Chris has got a boyfriend.
First Threshold: Outer Cave: in class with Keating; ignoring the Pritchard's poetry book; mathematically evaluating poetry; ripping out the page; confronting McAllister.
Middle Cave: huddle round; we read poetry because we are human beings; that you may contribute a verse; what will your verse be?
Inner Cave: Keating at the teachers dinner table; combating ideas with poetry.
Mentor's Backstory / Push to the Belly of the Whale: the boys find an old yearbook.
Encouraged to the Belly of the Whale: what is the Dead Poets Society? Sucking the marrow out of life.
Push to the Belly of the Whale: I say we go tonight?
Resistance to the Belly of the Whale: some boys think it is dangerous; Neil persuades everyone; women swoon.
Foreboding of the Belly of the Whale: discussing the danger.
Resistance to the Transformation: Todd doesn't want to come; Todd doesn't want to read in public.
Overcoming Resistance: Keating says it's OK if Todd doesn't read in public.
Preparing for the Journey to the Belly of the Whale: with their pyjamas on, the torch.
Journey to the Belly of the Whale: at night.
Belly of the Whale: reading poetry in the cave.
Developing characters and relationships: each reading poetry.
Forced out of the Belly of the Whale: having to get back to school.
Meeting the Transformation Mentor: Keating does the impressions; makes the boys stand on their desks.
Forced to the Physical Separation: Keating asks everyone to write a poem that they'll have to read out to the class.
Foreboding of the Transformation: don't think I don't know this assignment doesn't scare the hell out of you.
Trial / Transformation 1:
Todd tries to write a poem.
Neil decides he's going to act; being in the clubs means you have to do something.
Knox riding his bike to see Charlie cheerlead; blocked by her boyfriend.
Marker / Guided by the Mentor: Keating takes the boys to the field to read and kick the ball.
Trial / Transformation 2:
Neil gets the part.
Foreshadow of the Resolution: Neil fakes a letter.
Todd practices his poem.
Knox reads his about Chris.
Keating forces a poem out of Todd.
Marker / Guided by the mentor: Playing football with Keating.
Trial / Transformation 3:
Developing Characters and Relationships: smoking pipes in the cave; the God of the cave; Charlie plays the sax.
Outer Cave / Leaving behind the Old Self: Knox decides to call Chris.
Resisting the Middle Cave: Knox resists making the phone call.
Middle Cave: Chris invites Knox to the party.
Inner Cave: that she was thinking about him.
Marker / Guided by the Mentor: Keating teaching the boys to find their walk; their voice.
Warning: being watched from above.
Throwing away the Old Self: Todd and Neil throwing the present over the wall.
New Selves: The girls arrive in the Cave; Charlie gets a new name – Niwanda; Niwanda quotes poetry to the girls.
Journey to the Sword: Knox arrives at the party; Knox drinking with the Mutts.
Guardians of the Sword: Knox kisses Chris; Knox gets beaten up.
Meeting the Oracle: Charlie announces that he slipped an article into the paper.
Journey to the Sword: the Head calls an assembly.
Seizing the Sword: Charlie gives himself up.
Near Death Experience: Charlie gets beaten in the Head's room.
Reward: Niwanda gives nothing away.
Atonement with the Father: the Head has a talk with Keating; Nola wants tradition and discipline, Keating wants to teach them to think for themselves.
Apotheosis: Keating tells Charlie not to choke on the bone.
Ultimate Boon: Neil rehearses in the play.
Guardian of the Sword: Father visits Neil and tells him he won't be acting.
Mentor's Guidance: Neil visits Keating and asks what to do; isn't there an easier way.
Seizing the Sword: Knox finds Chris and gives her the flowers.
Near Death Experience: Knox reads Chris the poem and is ridiculed.
Rebirth: Chris said nothing, but he did it.
Bypassing the Guardians: Neil lies to Keating about telling his father.
New Self: Charlie is painted red.
Atonement with the Father: Chris comes to see Knox at school.
Apotheosis: Knox takes Chris outside
Seizing the Sword: Neil performs in the play.
Ultimate Boon: Knox and Chris hold hands.
Night Sea Journey: Father turns up.
Death Experience: Neil at home; Neil kills himself.
Rebirth: the boys tell Todd, Neil is dead; Todd thinks the snow is beautiful; sick in the snow; running away.
Mourning / Mourning at loss of the Old Self / Disgust / Refusal: Keating crying at Neil's desk.
Rescue from Without: the assembly; intention to conduct an enquiry.
Shape Shifter Reveals: Cameron finks; they're after Keating.
Crossing the Return Threshold: The boys face the Head, one by one; Todd forced to sign the letter.
Goodbye: McAllister waves goodbye; Keating packs.Master of Two Worlds: Keating collects his things; the boys stand on their desks; Captain my Captain.
by Kal Bashir