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On The Road By Jack Kerouac - On The Road By Jack Kerouac Of the attitudes revealed and formed by the American people of the post-World War II age, the most outstanding and significant one that stands out in On the Road is that which is carefree and action orientated. This train of thought is contrary to that of those Americans from before, who, unlike Sal, Dean, and so many others, believed in living a life consisting of conservatism and stability. Many things took place towards the end of World War II, such as the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and a growing distrust of the Soviet Union....   [tags: Jack Kerouac Road] 1086 words
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Jack Kerouac's On The Road - Jack Kerouac's On The Road Jack Kerouac is considered a legend in history as one of America's best and foremost Beat Generation authors. The term "Beat" or "Beatnic" refers to the spontaneous and wandering way of life for some people during the period of postwar America, that seemed to be induced by jazz and drug-induced visions. "On the Road" was one such experience of Beatnic lifestyle through the eyes and heart of Jack Kerouac. It was a time when America was rebuilding after WW I. Describing the complexity and prosperity of the postwar society was not Karouac's original intent....   [tags: Jack Kerouac On Road Essays] 526 words
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Jack Kerouac's On the Road - Jack Kerouac's On the Road Works Cited Not Included      Jack Kerouac is the first to explore the world of the wandering hoboes in his novel, On the Road. He created a world that shows the lives and motivations of this culture he himself named the 'Beats.' Kerouac saw the beats as people who rebel against everything accepted to gain freedom and expression. Although he has been highly criticized for his lack of writing skills, he made a novel that is both realistic and enjoyable to read. He has a complete disregard for developed of plot or characters, yet his descriptions are incredible....   [tags: Jack Kerouac Road Essays Beats] 3098 words
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On the Road: Jack Kerouac's Rejection of the Middle Class American Dream - Jack Kerouac was one of a group of young men who, immediately after the Second World War, protested against what they saw as the blandness, conformity and lack of cultural purpose of middle-class life in America. The priorities of people of their age, in the mainstream of society, were to get married, to move the suburbs, to have children and to accumulate wealth and possessions. Jack Kerouac and his friends consciously rejected this pursuit of stability and instead looked elsewhere for personal fulfillment....   [tags: Jack Kerouac On The Road]
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Jack Kerouac - Jack Kerouac      In the beginning Jack Kerouac lived a wild and exciting life outside the realm of everyday "normal" American life. Though On the Road and The Dharma Bums were Kerouac's only commercial sucesses, he was a man who changed American literature and pop-culture. Kerouac virtually created a life-style devoted to life, art, literature, music, and poetry. When his movement grew out of his control, he came to despise it, and died lonely on the other side of what he once loved and cherished above all else....   [tags: Writer Author Jack Kerouac Biography Essays]
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Jack Kerouac and The Beat Generation - ... Jack Kerouac is inspired to communicate essential realities that America is not exposed too and he finds these truths in Tristessa. He writes deliberate prose in this novel to give it a more authentic expression in order to better develop what he is trying to let America know. Death is a phenomenon that many do not understand in America. America tells many that life should be lived in a certain way in order to live life to its fullest before death comes creeping along. Humans create this false pursuit of happiness before they leave this world....   [tags: born to die, Tristessa's stories]
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The Life of Jack Kerouac - Jack Kerouac Born March 12, 1922, to French Canadian parents, Jack Kerouac’s given name was Jean Louis Kirouac. He grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts, surrounded with his two great loves, football and the written word. He spoke a French dialect in which some of his later works were written, finally learning English at school, aged six. His athletic skills later earned him a scholarship to Columbia University. He wrote many pieces for the school paper while a fractured tibia forced him from the team....   [tags: biography, biographical essays] 1208 words
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Jack Kerouac's On the Road and Allen Ginsberg's Howl - Jack Kerouac's On the Road and Allen Ginsberg's Howl Works Cited It was a 1951 TIME cover story, which dubbed the Beats a ‘Silent Generation, ’ that led to Allen Ginsberg’s retort in his poem ‘America,’ in which he vocalises a frustration at this loss of self- importance. The fifties Beat Generation, notably through Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and Allen Ginsberg’s Howl as will here be discussed, fought to revitalise individuality and revolutionise their censored society which seemed to produce everything for the masses at the expense of the individual’s creative and intellectual potential....   [tags: 1950 History Kerouac Ginsberg Howl Essays] 3844 words
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The Remarkable Life of Jack Kerouac - When initially venturing to find the perfect person for this report, I first looked at some very interesting people. I found most of these interesting people were, at second glance, not so fascinating. I don't doubt that every one of them had a drastic impact on the world around them, but I found that none of these people suited the taste I was looking for. I needed a person who was not only interesting and beneficial to this world but also had a certain characteristic…I wanted this person to be "cool." I needed this distinction because I thought in order to do this report I needed to relate to this person in some way, and as a member of the younger generation, with unique views, I...   [tags: The King of The Beats] 1130 words
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On the Road by Jack Kerouac - On the Road, by Jack Kerouac, is an honest story of a friendship, and four trips across America. The narrator is Sal Paradise, an aspiring novelist who lives with his aunt in New Jersey. Sal’s best friend is Dean Moriarty. Sal idolizes Dean for his laidback cowboy style, his ease with women, and his all around joy in living. Over the course of the book, Dean marries, divorces, makes love to, and impregnates numerous women. Sal is considerably less promiscuous, but he doesn’t seem to hold women in any higher of a light than Dean does....   [tags: essays research papers] 540 words
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Jack Kerouac and The Beat - Jack Kerouac and The Beat        Jack Kerouac, was born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts, as the youngest of three children.  Jack decided to be a writer after his brother Gerard died at the age of nine.  From the life and death experience of his brother's death, and the Catholic faith of his childhood, he developed a spiritual tendency in his character that would last throughout his life.  The fact that Kerouac was a spiritual "seeker," may be the most vital aspect of his life.  In post WWII, Eisenhower America, Jack Kerouac came from a poor rustic industrial community to change the face of American Culture forever.  He chronicled the wild rebellious culture of "the Beats" in t...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Influence of the Beat in Literature - “Influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another” (Hill).On the Road by Jack Kerouac is about influence and the impact of literature, art and peers to an Individual, Jack Kerouac precisely shows this by writing about his life experiences and writing it on his book On the Road. In 1947, Dean Moriarty, a careless and ecstatic ex-prisoner, just got out of in jail and also married to Marylou a girl that Dean barely knew, who interestingly has the same characteristic as Dean Moriarty, takes a visit to New York City and visits Sal Paradise, an author That associates himself with a poet named Carlo and other group of smart individuals....   [tags: On the Road, Jack Kerouac]
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A Comparison of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac - A Comparison of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac      Why. Excuse me. Why. Does. Excuse. Why me. I mean. Excuse me. Why. Does. It . Always end up this way. Like this. A performance. It's my best excuse. And. I'm on the wagon. Again. Why. Excuses. Sitting in the state of a daydream. No. Falling. A performance. Why what it comes down to. Poetry. And. My two main men. Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. Both use their individual voice to perform the buddhistic beat they feel is part of their poetry/ their beatific movement....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Comparing Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac - Comparing Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac I. Introduction It has never been an uncommon thing for one to retreat to nature in an attempt to ‘find one’s self,’ and somewhat cliché these days is the retreat to nature to ‘find God.’ Hundreds of books, essays, seminars, and retreats devote themselves to helping one understand how to find enlightenment and healing through connecting with nature. It is a phenomenon that transcends religious boundaries—everyone, from Buddhists to Christian Mystics to Quakers, seems to think that the key (or, at least, one of the keys) to enlightenment lies in nature....   [tags: Authors Writers Big Sur Essays]
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Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums does not fall too far from a basic description of his life. Kerouac spent the bulk of his writing career riding trains from city to city, meeting people and writing books and poetry. He was among the premier writers of the Beat Generation, a group of primarily urban poets and writers who put the basics of life and their spiritual nuances into poetry with a beat. The book, The Dharma Bums, is a window into the daily structure of the Beat Generation....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 804 words
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The Beat Generation: Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg - ... The spontaneity of the movement conveys the fierce emotional state that many of the beats found to be both inspiring and essential, however, it brought troubling activities for the Beat Generation. There were random sexual rendezvous with a lot of different partners, mostly strangers, and this led to people becoming more and more infected with sexually transmitted diseases. The physical satisfaction for them also came in liquid form such as whiskey or the heroin and in between drug trips they often used cigarettes and marijuana to help maintain a pleasant high (Beat Movement)....   [tags: spontaneity, movements] 1267 words
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Beating on Against the Current - ... The majority of the internal conflict in the book is centered on the lifestyle which Neal Cassady lived, one of fast paced disregard and self-imposed invincibility, and the narrators dichotomy of yearning for such a lifestyle, and a disgust for it. To Kerouac, Neal represented the all-American outlaw hero, who actualized their vision of a spiritually renewed America that would replace consumerism and conformity with sexual openness and compassion. Kerouac would have most likely ended up on the road even if Cassady had never entered his life; his desire to discover America had long since been brewing in his restless soul, to learn of its vastness and history and secret places....   [tags: Jack Kerouac, On the Road, Beat Movement]
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Importance of Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - Importance of Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road It is Dean Moriarty, in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, who represents the eternal flame of youth that was adopted by the rebellious youth culture of the Beat Generation. He is free from responsibility, “simply a youth tremendously excited with life…want[ing] so much to live and to get involved with people who would otherwise pay no attention to him” (Kerouac 4). Just as the Greek of the Olympics, “with [the] torch…[that] ignites the pagan dream of immortality” (Rodriguez 1), Dean embodies the almost immortal flame of youth, the eternal “sideburned hero of the snowy West” (Kerouac 2)....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The American Quest - On The Road and the American Quest        Jack Kerouac's On The Road is the most uniquely American novel of its time.  While it has never fared well with academics, On The Road has come to symbolize for many an entire generation of disaffected young Americans.  One can focus on numerous issues wh en addressing the novel, but the two primary reasons which make the book uniquely American are its frantic Romantic search for the great American hero (and ecstasy in general), and Kerouac's "Spontaneous Prose" method of writing....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Quest for Self and Identity in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Quest For Identity In On The Road     In Jack Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’, the protagonists embark upon a long, arduous quest for human identity. Their aim is to uncover who they truly are, where they fit in the ‘scheme of things’ and what the meaning of life is. They articulate this desire by speaking, during the novel, of the search for ‘IT’, ‘IT’ being human identity. This ‘IT’ is an intangible thing; something that holds a different meaning for every individual. It encompasses all the things humans yearn for – life answers, the meaning of the universe, happiness, enlightenment, self-fulfilment, ‘beatification’ (as articulated by Kerouac)....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - A Memorable Journey - A Memorable Journey  Jack Kerouac's exhuberant novel, On the Road, follows a group of restless young friends criss-crossing America in second-hand cars while finding their 'kicks' in jazz, girls, drugs, and intense conversations about love, poetry, and serenity. Exposing the underground Beat lifestyle of the 1950's, Kerouac celebrates the defiance of a generation chasing the freedom promised by the American Dream while committing themselves to instinct and emotion. Sal Paradise, a struggling writer living off veteran benefits and a generous aunt, narrates the novel with an awestruck wonder at his collected experiences of traveling the road....   [tags: On The Road essays] 790 words
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Sal's Enlightenment in Mexico in Jack Kerouac's, On the Road - In A Mexico Fellaheen from Lonesome Traveler, Jack Kerouac describes crossing the border between America and Mexico: "It's a great feeling of entering the Pure Land, especially because it's so close to dry faced Arizona and Texas and all over the Southwest B but you can find it, this feeling, this fellaheen feeling about life, that timeless gayety of people not involved in great cultural and civilization issues" (22). Mexico is at once "close to" America and yet distinct from it, a "Pure Land" removed from the fallout of Spengler's crumbling Western civilization....   [tags: On The Road Essays]
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Identity of Women in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Identity of Women in On The Road       The women in Jack Kerouac's work, On The Road, are portrayed as superficial and shallow, while the men display depth in character. Women are stereotyped as falling into one of three categories; virginal, maternal or promiscuous, and, throughout the novel, are referred to in a facetious, derogatory manner. ‘Sal’, the protagonist, expresses sexist attitudes, which are a result of both his upbringing and societal attitudes of the time. Although the novel does highlight the problem of sexism, ultimately it does nothing to criticise it, but in fact projects it....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Treatment of Women in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Treatment of Women in On The Road                    The women in Jack Kerouac's On The Road were, it seems, not afforded the same depth in character which the author gave the men. The treatment of the women characters in both word and action by Sal and Dean seems to show that women could only be a virgin/mother figure or a whore. Throughout the novel there are many instances in which women and their feelings or actions are either referred to flippantly or blatantly degraded. It can be said, however, that Sal (Kerouac) did not necessarily agree with this narrow female identity, and there is evidence to support this claim....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Degradation of Women in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Degradation of Women in On The Road An argument can be made that the women in Jack Kerouac's On The Road are not as characteristically well developed as the men. Through Sal and Dean's interactions with women, the reader sees that there exist two types of females in this novel - the benevolent virgin/mother figure or the whore. Women are constantly referred to in a negative way or blatantly degraded and insulted by numerous characters. However, Kerouac (through the character of Sal) exhibits sympathy for women....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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The Search for Self and Identity in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - Quest for Identity in On the Road In Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road, the author tries to convey to the audience that everybody is naturally dishonest and morally deceitful. Morals are defined by one's religion, the laws of the country, or some combination of the two. One's identity captures and plays out that individual’s moral. My morals follow the Christian beliefs, Texas state laws, and the laws of the United States. Although one's own morals can change, basic things such as stealing and murder are wrong and illegal by federal law....   [tags: On The Road essays] 1082 words
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Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Character of Dean Moriarty - The Character of Dean Moriarty in On the Road   Part two of Jack Kerouac's novel, On the Road, gives the reader, for the first time, a close look at the character Dean Moriarty. This section of the novel begins when Dean, his ex-wife Marylou, and his friend Ed, meet up with his closer friend, Sal, at Sal's brother's house in Virginia. Sal had not seen Dean for over a year when they suddenly show up on the doorstep. Sal sums up their tale by saying, "So now Dean had come about four thousand miles from Frisco, via Arizona and up to Denver, inside four days, with innumerable adventures sandwiched in, and it was only the beginning" (117)....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Jean-Louis Kerouac aka Jack - Jean-Louis Kerouac aka Jack was born on March 12th, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts to Leo and Gabrielle who were immigrants from Quebec, Canada. Kerouac learned to speak French at home then he learned how to speak English at school. His father owned a print shop and his mother stayed a home. In the summer of 1926 Jack's older brother Gerard died of rheumatic fever at nine years old. The family was overcome by grief and became more involved in church as is shown in some of his books. Jack loved to play sports and read on his free time....   [tags: Biography, The Town and The City, Athlete, Writer]
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The Town and the City by Jean-Louis Kerouac aka Jack - Jean-Louis Kerouac aka Jack was born on March 12th, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts to Leo and Gabrielle who were immigrants from Quebec, Canada. Kerouac learned to speak French at home then he learned how to speak English at school. His father owned a print shop and his mother stayed a home. In the summer of 1926 Jack's older brother Gerard died of rheumatic fever at nine years old. The family was overcome by grief and became more involved in church as is shown in some of his books. Jack loved to play sports and read on his free time....   [tags: beat movement, biography] 683 words
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Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Impact of Dean on Sal's Identity - Impact of Dean on Sal's Identity in On the Road     In part I, chapter 3 of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Sal arrives at Des Moines and checks into a cheap, dirty motel room. He sleeps all day and awakens in time to witness the setting sun. As he looks around the unfamiliar room, Sal realizes that he doesn't understand his own identity. Identity lost, he states "I was half way across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future." He has lost the calming influence of his aunt, and Dean and partners are not around to feed his wild streak....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Impact of Dean on Sal's Identity in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Impact of Dean on Sal's Identity in On the Road On The Road begins with the protagonist, Sal, (representative of author Jack Kerouac), being overwhelmed by feelings of confusion and uncertainty regarding his personal identity. He then meets ‘Dean Moriarty’, an eccentric character who rejects societal values and ‘norms’. Sal is absorbed with and entranced by Dean, perceiving him as almost ‘superhuman’, and decides to follow him across the country. A passive character, Sal soon becomes dependent on Dean, mimicking his friend rather than discovering his personal identity....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - Ranting of a Maniac or Precise Interpretation of Reality? - Jack Kerouac's On the Road:  Ranting of a Maniac or Precise Interpretation of Reality?            Jack Kerouac's On the Road is considered the bible of the Beat Generation, illustrating the wild, wandering, and reckless lifestyle chosen by many young people of the time. Despite all of Dean and Sal's partying and pleasure-cruising, On the Road ends up being a sad and disturbing story. During all the trips, through the good times and the bad times, there is a sense of darkness and foreboding following in the wake....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Spiritual Quest, the Search for Self and Identity - The Spiritual Quest in On the Road           A disillusioned youth roams the country without truly establishing himself in one of the many cities he falls in love with. In doing so, he manages with the thought or presence of his best friend. What is he searching for. While journeying on the road, Sal Paradise is not searching for a home, a job, or a wife. Instead, he longs for a mental utopia offered by Dean Moriarty. This object of his brotherly love grew up in the streets of America. Through the hardships of continuously being shuffled from city to city, Dean has encompassed what is and what is not important in life....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Discovering the Road with Steinbeck and Kerouac - Although ten years separated their respective journeys, Jack Kerouac and John Steinbeck expressed similar views in their road narratives. They focused on the rapidly evolving American societal landscape, while using the theme of mobility as a “central structural metaphor” (Cresswell). That is, both authors used exploration through time and movement as a Modernist method of alignment with their exploration of American society. Kerouac and Steinbeck, despite a significant gap in age, were also united by their their “natural anarchism”, or dissenting opinion on American consumerism and selfishness during the 1950s and 1960s....   [tags: writing styles, literature]
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The Sea is My Brother by Jack Kerouack - ... Still today there are many written works by military soldiers that are still alive and shared for the world to see and get an insight of how life was for these men during war. Jack Kerouac is an American-Canadian war time novalist and poet that is known for his great writing. He was also part of The Beat Movement, which started as a small group of close friends that were writers and later expanded to a large amount of writers who became a movement. Kerouac used the term “Beat Generation” to define the generation of that time period....   [tags: soldier, war, terror, beat movement] 567 words
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A Comparison of Ginsberg and Kerouac - A Comparison of Ginsberg and Kerouac     The 1950s saw a period of great material prosperity in the United States. After World War II G.I.s came back to take charge of the family again. Women no longer had to work and could return to the home to nurse their newborn babies. Housing, automobiles, and white picket fences were in high demand. Televisions became commonplace, making possible the rapid distribution of visual information- not to mention the sitcom. McCarthy had started to purge the U.S....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Kerouac - Martin, William 2-14-97 Charters, Ann. Kerouac: A Biography. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1959, 1994. 419 pp. Jack Kerouac Kerouac: A Biography, helps to explain how Jack Kerouac, the founder and most important member of the Beat movement, was influenced by the rapidly changing culture of the 1950’s, as well as, how Kerouac ignited a social and literal revolution in America, from which the Beatniks and Hippies emerged....   [tags: essays research papers] 774 words
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Kerouac - Born on March 12, 1922, the youngest of three children in a French-Canadian family that had established itself in Lowell, Massachusetts, Jack Kerouac was by the age of ten already aiming to become a writer. His father ran a print shop and published a local newsletter called the Spotlight. Before long he began writing and producing his own sport sheet, which he sold to friends and acquaintances in Lowell. He attended both Catholic and public schools, and won athletic scholarships to the Horace Mann prep school (in New York) and then to Columbia University....   [tags: essays research papers] 1441 words
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Comaring Thoreau To Kerouac - Recollections of the Past: From Pioneer Naturalist to Mountaineer Buddhist (Thoreau and Kerouac) An old adage says "never let the truth get in the way of a good story". However, where is the line drawn between embellishment and fabrication. Artistic privilege is just as it sounds; a liberty to manipulate and coerce verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and other parts of speech and sentence structure to yield a far more pleasing narrative. As with any privilege there comes responsibility, in this case, a responsibility to not change the original intent of the story or the context in which it took place....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1844 words
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Eastern Thought in the Works of Kerouac and Ginsberg - Eastern Thought in the Works of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg       In the late 1950's and throughout the 1960's, a fascination with Eastern thought developed, concentrating on Zen Buddhism and Daoism. This attraction can be explained in part by the complete strangeness of these thought forms to Western ideals. Buddhism's denial of reality and Daoism's wu-wei or flowing with life were revolutionary ideas to the people of the late '50's who had been brought up with consumerism, patriotism, Christianity, and suburbia....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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The Individual Versus Society in Kerouac and Ginsberg - The Individual Versus Society in Kerouac and Ginsberg   One theme that is prevalent throughout much of the literature we have covered so far is that it is very critical of the conformist values of late 1950s society. In an era of Levittowns and supermarkets and the omnipresent television, there was a call to leave the conformist suburban culture in search of something higher. Two major proponents of the individual as opposed to society were Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, two of the central figures in the Beat movement....   [tags: Allen Ginsberg]
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Renaissance to Postmodernism: The Beatnik Impact - The Beatnik Impact From the Renaissance to Postmodernism, many writers have experimented and challenged the form, style, and content of both poetry and prose. A majority of these writers can be grouped into a certain period that influenced or highlighted their work. These past writers were inspired by the world around them whether it was societal changes or their personal lives. When similar styles of writing occur from multiple writers during a time, that time becomes known as a period such as the Romantic Period or the Modern Period....   [tags: writers, beat generation, kerouac]
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Kerouac and Barthelme's Rebellion Against Corporate America - Jack Kerouac and Donald Barthelme's Rebellion Against Corporate America       Oh America, home of the red, white, blue, and green. Green as our greenest grass. Green as our forefather George on a one-dollar bill. You too can work your way up our market-economy mountain to your own little green house. Climb the corporate mountain to provide for your wife in her little green dress. With the green beneath your feet, reach for the gold in the sky. Oh America, this mountain is rich. As many Americans eagerly began and continued their climb toward the financial stability the Sixties promised, a counterculture of writers and thinkers emerged seeking to climb their own mountains, to tell their ow...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Cultural Shift through the Eyes of Ginsberg and Kerouac - Cultural Shift through the Eyes of Ginsberg and Kerouac   Brothers of the San Francisco Beat scene, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg lived in the midst of a consumer cultural revolution, patriots of a forgotten mindset. While the regional characters of the nation were quickly being homogenized by television, Kerouac and Ginsberg wrote poetry and prose that both captured and contemplated the moment. They were contemporaries, sharing the same circle of friends and drawing from the same influences but produced works seeking divergent means to the same conceptual end....   [tags: Allen Ginsberg]
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Anti-Consumerism in the Works of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Roth - Anti-Consumerism in the Works of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Roth   After World War II, Americans became very concerned with "keeping up with the Joneses." Everyday people were not only interested in fulfilling the American Dream because of the optimistic post-war environment, but also because of the economic emphasis on advertising that found a new outlet daily in highway billboards, radio programs, and that popular new device, the television. With television advertising becoming the new way to show Americans what they did not (and should) have came a wide-eyed and fascinated interest in owning all kinds of things, products, and devices suddenly necessary in every home....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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To Build a Fire, by Jack London - No one plans on or even wants to lose their life due to an unfortunate mishap. Isn’t it better to check twice and thoroughly plan ahead as opposed to finding oneself in an unfortunate situation. No wonder mothers ask so many questions; they leave no scope for misunderstanding. Jack London’s “To Build A Fire,” both 1902 and 1908 versions, cause distress in readers’ minds and make them wonder how a simple topic of surviving in the cold can turn out so horrific. A handful of alterations were made to the original version of the story; some add a completely new meaning, while others only provide slight nuances....   [tags: To Build a Fire, Jack London]
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Jack London: To Build A Fire - Introduction Jack London had already established himself as a popular writer when his story "To Build a Fire" appeared in the Century Magazine in 1908. This tale of an unnamed man's disastrous trek across the Yukon Territory near Alaska was well received at the time by readers and literary critics alike. While other works by London have since been faulted as overly sensational or hastily written, "To Build a Fire" is still regarded by many as an American classic. London based the story on his own travels across the harsh, frozen terrain of Alaska and Canada in 1897-98 during the Klondike gold rush; he is also said to have relied on information from a book by Jeremiah Lynch entitled Three Ye...   [tags: Jack London] 880 words
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Can Normal People be a Brave as Shane in "Shane" by Jack Schaefer? - The novel Shane written by Jack Schaefer is a story of a mysterious stranger that walked into the Wyoming valley in late 1800’s. He was introduced into the life of Joe Starrett, an honest, hardworking Wyoming farmer. The stranger rarely speaks about himself except that his name is Shane. Even though Joe knows little about Shane, he invites Shane to stay at his place for a while. While Shane is staying with the Starrett family, he discovers Fletcher, a wealthy and greedy man, and understands he is trying to take hold of Joe’s and other homesteader’s land....   [tags: Shane, Jack Schaefer, bravery,] 1010 words
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Gold in the Yukon and Naturalism: Jack London’s Novella "The Call of the Wild" - Imagine this: Gold was just discovered in the Yukon Territory of Canada, and many gold miners rush to the North to see if they can strike rich. However, in order to do so, they need big, strong dogs with warm coats to protect them from the biting cold. As a result, a dog from the sunny state of California is dog napped and taken to be sold to anyone who is willing to buy him. When the dog is sold, he is shipped to the cold North. As he gets out of the boat, a chilling wind runs past him and, he realizes that he isn’t in California anymore....   [tags: Jack London, Call of the Wild, Canada, ] 1237 words
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Jack London's To Build a Fire - Jack London's To Build a Fire Nature is always pushing man to his limits. When man heeds the warning signs that nature has to offer and those warnings of other men, he is most likely to conquer nature. When he ignores these warnings, nature is sure to defeat man. To build a fire is a prime example of this scenario. In the short story, “To Build a Fire” by Jack London, an inexperienced traveler in the Yukon travels alone with his dog, even though it is ill advised to do so. The man is strong and smart but nature humbled him during his quest to reach his friends....   [tags: London Jack Build Fire Essays]
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Jack London's To Build A Fire - There are many authors in this world today. Some are known for classical writings of poetry, or hundreds and hundreds of books written by them. This author though was one who portrayed himself through dozens of short stories. His name is Jack London. Jack London is a writer who shows the conflict between Nature versus Man in his writings and supports this theme through his work, “To Build a Fire.” Jack was born on January 12, 1876 and died on November 22, 1916. He is best known for his nature novels depicting how nature can sometimes be so powerful that it overcomes man....   [tags: Writer Author Jack London Build Fire] 1022 words
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Analysis of The Abstract Wild by Jack Turner - Analysis of The Abstract Wild by Jack Turner Jack Turner's The Abstract Wild is a complex argument that discusses many issues and ultimately defends the wild in all of its forms. He opens the novel with a narrative story about a time when he explored the Maze in Utah and stumbled across ancient pictographs. Turner tells this story to describe what a truly wild and unmediated experience is. The ideas of the aura, magic, and wildness that places contain is introduced in this story. Turner had a spiritual connection with the pictographs because of the power, beauty, and awe that they created within him upon their first mysterious contact....   [tags: The Abstract Wild Jack Turner Essays] 3431 words
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Naturalism in Jack London's To Build a Fire - Naturalism in Jack London's "To Build a Fire" This essay has problems with format When Jack London wrote "To Build a Fire" he embraced the idea of naturalism because it mirrored the events of daily life. Naturalism showed how humans had to be wary at every corner because at anytime death could be there, waiting for them to make a mistake and forfeit their lives. He used naturalism, the most realistic literary movement, to show how violent and uncaring nature really is and how no matter what you do nature will always be there....   [tags: Jack London To Build a Fire Essays]
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Analysis of South of the Slot by Jack London - Analysis of South of the Slot by Jack London The slot is a metaphor of the “class cleavage of society”. There was a contrast between the North and South of the Slot in terms of building types: in the North were the higher-class centers of diversion, lodging, and business; and in the South were the lower-class centers of lodging, unskilled work/business. The buildings are figures of two contrasting classes that were segregated (?). In order to study the southern people (the working class) a sociology professor of the University of CA, Freddie Drummond (FD), decides to work temporarily as an unskilled laborer....   [tags: South of the Slot Jack London Essays] 582 words
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Jack London - Jack London, an American author known for his thrilling adventure stories, showed the world that even an exciting story that takes place in exotic settings can include all the intricacies of great literature. This is seen in many of his stories with the implementation of symbolism, many times a recurring theme in his work. Also, London used many ideas of the day such as Darwinism and Spencerism in his writings in order to better portray his views. However, perhaps one of the most telling signs that London wrote good literature was through London's mastery of a rising literary movement known as naturalism....   [tags: Jack London Author Writer] 1253 words
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Thematic Analysis of Jack London's White Fang - Thematic Analysis of Jack London's White Fang White Fang, written by Jack London, is a wonderful adventure novel that vividly depicts the life of a wolf by the name of White Fang. Throughout the course of the novel, White Fang goes through numerous learning experiences as he interacts with humans and other wolves from Alaska around the turn of the century. Jack London uses the events that transpire during White Fang's life to illustrate that only the cunning, intelligent, and strong will be able to survive....   [tags: Jack London White Fang Essays] 935 words
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Overconfidence and Arrogance in To Build a Fire by Jack London - Overconfidence and Arrogance in To Build a Fire by Jack London Overconfidence and arrogance led to the death of the man in Jack London's "To Build a Fire." This overconfidence in his own abilities led to him making poor decisions and scorning the advice of those who know what they are talking about. Instead, he laughs at the old man after he tells him "a man should travel with a partner" (1769) and goes out into the frigid weather anyway. He knew that it was 75 degrees below zero and that his body was numb but he didn't care because he thought he could handle it....   [tags: Build Fire Jack London Arrogance Essays]
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The Importance of Setting in Jack London's To Build A Fire - The Importance of Setting in Jack London's To Build A Fire       In "To Build a Fire" by Jack London, the setting plays a significant role throughout the entire short story.  Jack London uses certain techniques to establish the atmosphere of the story.  By introducing his readers to the setting, prepares them for a tone that is depressed and  frightening.    Isolated by an environment of frigid weather and doom, the author shows us how the main character of the story is completely unaware of his surroundings.  The only world the man is truly accustomed to, is his own.  Never being exposed to such a harsh climate, draws us to the conclusion that the environment is the...   [tags: London Build Fire Essays Jack London Poem]
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