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  • Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Kerouac’s On the Road – The River and the Road

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    Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Kerouac’s On the Road – The River and the Road One element that separates a good novel from a great novel is its enduring effects on society. A great novel transcends time; it changes and mirrors the consciousness of a civilization. One such novel is Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. For the past one hundred and fifteen years, it has remained in print and has been one of the most widely studied texts in high schools and colleges. According to Lionel Trilling

  • On the Roads optimism

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    himself supported this idea when he decided to draw away from the world of "beat" of which many consider him the creator. Kerouac’s movement in his life away from the beat lifestyle seems to suggest that, much like Sal’s departure from the life of Dean at the end of the novel, he has experienced the depression of the world and if others do not realize it, he can no longer be a part of it.

  • Discovering the Road with Steinbeck and Kerouac

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    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

  • Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The American Quest

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    of hero he had been seeking.  Eventually, as Robert Hipkiss notes, "Kerouac began to see Neal as an 'archetypal American Man' "....and, in fact, when Kerouac created Dean Moriarty out of Neal, "he created a new symbol of flaming American youth, the American hero of the Beat Generation" (32-3).  Indeed, as Hipkiss argues, Dean Moriarty is the most singular hero of the road America has ever had. Mixing the individualism of the freeborn American with that great present-day extension

  • Impact of Dean on Sal's Identity in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road

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    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 the Road Essay: The Motif of Inadequacy of the Language

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    based on the discrepancy between the standard meaning and contextual use of the word "to signify." There is a number of episodes in the novel with the same kind of humor: in the opening chapter of the novel, which describes his first visit to New York, Dean comes up with some absolutely moronic tirades. E.g., talking to Marilou, he mentions the necessity to "postpone all those leftover things concerning our personal lovethings and at once begin thinking of specific workplans. . ." (Kerouac 5). Or, when

  • Neal Cassady

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    Neal Cassady: The Man Who Set The World Free Neal Cassady grew up as a quasi-homeless wayfaring boy with his alcoholic, unemployed father in the projects of Denver. His unconventional upbringing led to adolescence rife with theft, drug use, and extreme sexual awakening at a young age. Cassady grew up quite quickly and led an overexposed life, which foreshadows his death at the age of 42 of exposure, next to railroad tracks in Mexico. His life, however, seems to be regarded by many as the eighth

  • nature of travel

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    If one contemplates the nature of travel, its purpose and the dynamics of travel itself, one will reach a definitive conclusion. The nature or purpose of travel has not changed in America, the traveler has. There are numerous reasons why people travel. People yearn to make a connection. Just how one accomplishes such a connection is as varied as the wind. The connection itself is an individualized means of expression. The varied idiosyncratic peculiarities are completely unique to each person;

  • Influence of the Beat in Literature

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    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. Dean and Sal are very good friends, and their friendship begins years of journeys

  • Beating on Against the Current

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    Beating On Against the Current “Each of us inevitable Each of us limitless – each of us with his or her right upon the earth, Each of us allowed the eternal purports of the earth, Each of us here as divinely as any is here” (Whitman 27). From out of the jazz soaked streets of New York City, arose a group of young poets and writers overwrought with the opportunity of their lives, and endeavored to capture its girth through the honesty and vulnerability of their words. These young bohemians would