Neil Perry’s severe, demanding father, Mr. Perry, is an intensely practical man, whose highest priority is Neil’s success in school. Mr. Perry is skeptical of Neil’s extracurricular interests, since he thinks that Neil’s goal in life should be to become a doctor. When Neil begins to show interest in acting, Mr. Perry forbids his son from performing on any stage again—a prohibition that leads directly to Neil’s suicide. In spite of his intimidating behavior, Mr. Perry is shown to be a devoted father, who sincerely believes that he’s doing his son a favor by forcing him to concentrate on academics.
Mr. Perry Quotes in Dead Poets Society
The Dead Poets Society quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Perry or refer to Mr. Perry. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Hyperion edition of Dead Poets Society published in 2006.).
Mr. Perry Character Timeline in Dead Poets Society
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Perry appears in Dead Poets Society. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Neil is shocked to find his father, waiting for him. Without even greeting his son, Mr. Perry shouts, “Neil, you are going to quit this ridiculous play immediately.” He demands to know... (full context)