During his performance as Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Neil Perry wears a crown of flowers on his head—and before he kills himself, Neil put on his crown. The crown of flowers might allude to a famous Biblical symbol, the crown of thorns that Jesus Christ was forced to wear before being executed. Just as “crown of thorns” has become a symbol of suffering and sacrifice, the crown of flowers suggests the way that Neil will sacrifice his life for the love of art and beauty.
Dead Poets Society
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The timeline below shows where the symbol Puck’s Crown appears in Dead Poets Society. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.