Oh Captain, My Captain

Yes, this is Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society, one of my favorite movies of all times. But that is not the famous quote that I chose for Design Assignments 1974, “Favorite Movie Quote.” I do have the famous scene of Williams standing on top of the desk, because he is making the point that you need to see things from a different perspective. Then there is the quote below about how you need to start now to find your voice or the longer you wait, you may never find it. Robin Williams played Professor John Keating in the 1989 film that received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

I used Canva to create the piece and found the image on the internet, looking for a vertical image with an area large enough to put the quote that was either dark or light so I could offset the text with a contrasting color. I chose the most memorable scene in the movie for greater impact with the quote. The image is really grainy but the movie was not shot in HDMI so I doubt a better quality is available in the free, public domain. I found the quote by doing a search for Robin Williams quotes and since he would have turned 70 last year, I landed on 100 of his most memorable quotes from his movies, interviews, TV shows, etc. I thought I was going to use one of his quotes in Week 5 so I had saved them but didn’t need them, so it was handy that it was ready for my use in Week 6.

Of all his wisdom, I find this one to be most profound because I believe each person needs to speak up and speak their truth. Whatever it is, they should not be silent and let the rest of the world speak for them. Each of us is given the gift of a brain and a voice in some capacity and we need to exercise it. It is our right and our responsibility. Otherwise, we are just checked out and creating greenhouse gases.

“You must strive to find your own voice because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. by Jenny Holbert

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Amy

    I think I’ve seen this movie maybe once, and I don’t think I even watched it completely. But I love the quote you chose, it has so much meaning! I also like the color of the text that you chose, it may not look extremely cohesive to some people, but I think it matches the image very well!

    1. Jenny

      Thanks and now you’ll have to go find it on Spring Break, ha ha!

  2. Bird Hanning

    I also think the color of the text works really well and is very eye-catching. The finished product is awesome. Your write up very engaging and the last few sentences really hit hard!

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