Dead Poets Society


N. H. Kleinbaum

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Puck’s Crown Symbol Icon

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.

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Puck’s Crown Symbol Timeline in Dead Poets Society

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.
Chapter 14
Life, Death, and “Carpe Diem” Theme Icon
Rebellion and Passion Theme Icon
...and opens the drawer of a desk. He puts on his Puck costume, placing the crown of flowers on his head. (full context)