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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 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Narrator's Role in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Kerouac's On The Road Over the last fifty years, since the release of On The Road in 1957, it has not been uncommon for critics to draw parallels between Kerouac’s semi-autobiographical novel and Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, released thirty-two years previously. It is for certain that both the novels share many similar traits, both examine concepts of American ideals and The American Dream, both are heavily influenced by the jazz age

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    Kerouac's On The Road

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    Michael McClure, a poet in San Francisco who was involved with the Beats said that "the world that [they] trembling stepped out into in that decade was a bitter, gray one". In his article, "Scratching the Beat Surface," he describes the time as "locked in the Cold War and the first Asian debacle," in "the gray, chill, militaristic silence,...the intellective void...the spiritual drabness". This is the world in which Kerouac takes his journeys that become the material for On the Road. Sal

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    “On the Road'; by Jack Kerouac is a fresh and captivating novel which follows the life of Sal Paradise as he sets to the roads of America to escape the repetition of every day life. His journeys become a quest for new experiences and a new way of living, crossing both moral and legal boundaries in search for true freedom. Kerouac uses many techniques to attempt to convey the theme of personal freedom as well as to achieve freedom of expression. Jack Kerouac applies an original, spontaneous

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    On the Roads optimism

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    In Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road, the narrator, Sal Paradise offers up to us what seems to be a very optimistic view on life. He is forever singing the praises of how wonderful his adventures will be and his high expectations for the future. To Sal, the novel is defined by youthful exuberance and unabashed optimism for the new experiences that he sets out to find. A deeper look into the novel, as well as a look at some of the critics who have written on it, reveals a much darker side, a more pessimistic

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    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

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    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

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    In Jack Kerouac's On The Road, Sal Paradise is a man who was fed up with his life and what was expected of him. He was no longer content to sit around and allow society to dictate to him whom he should be and how he should act. It was at this time in his life that Sal met Dean Moriarty who saw that he was ripe for influence. Sal didn't necessarily know exactly what he wanted, but he knew he needed change. Dean became his "guru" in that Sal knew that Dean would teach him about life and lead him on

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    On the Road is a novel that expresses the thrill of taking that unknown path and the road not taken to see where it gets you in life. We sometimes get complacent with our lives and start to wonder what could have been if things had been done differently, and so we take two steps back to see if we can take three forward, but in cases, failure is inevitable and the receding steps don’t stop. That is why we try to change things and meet different people. We feel lost and anonymous in the big crowd and

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    Jack Kerouac's *On the Road* follows Sal Paradise, the narrator, in his adventures across America around 1950. Sal's purpose for taking to the road was to seek out people with the characteristics of freedom and individuality to better his own persona but instead fulfilled the image that he was trying to escape from: another American following the typical "day in the life," living with a false sense of what the "American dream" really is Sal meets a friend early on, Dean Moriarty, whom Sal admires

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    The way women are viewed in today’s society is miles ahead of the women in Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road. Not many people would consider Kerouac a feminist. His semi-autobiographical novel paints a picture of men who treat women as drinking mates that they can later sleep with. The main character, Sal, is recently divorced and looks for alcohol and women in every city he visits. His counterpart, Dean, moves through women as if they are tissues all while being married. Kerouac 's views of women

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    In On the Road, Jack Kerouac places Sal Paradise, the narrator, to the side so that the narrative focuses on Dean Moriarty. It is only through the use of this narrative structure that makes it evident to the reader how much the narrator idealizes the hero. Through a subjective narration, it becomes apparent that Sal believes Dean knows how life is supposed to be lived. Moreover, this narrative framework allows the juxtaposition between the narrator and the hero to be illuminated thus allowing the

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    “Yellow Peril was naturally the stuff of fantasy and cheap thrills, a fit subject for pulp literature, comics, B movies, and sensational journalism.” Dower puts forth examples of those who pushed the Yellow Peril in the form of Dr. Fu Manchu. Created by Sax Rohmer, Dower explained that Rohmer, “created a fictional personal of oriental genius so flamboyantly sinister that even people who did not read the novels or see the films based on them could recite not merely the name of the villain, but the name

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    Hollywood's Asians

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    Hollywood’s Asians Asian Americans have been part of America for almost as long as its existence. From the Chinese laborers building the transcontinental railway, inner cities laundry services, to Asian farmers who have helped build the agriculture communities around the country, Asian American have contributed to the industries and economy of America. Despite their loyalty and contributions to this country, Asian Americans have been discriminated and considered as “unassimilable” by many Americans

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    The saxophone was invented by Antoine-Joseph Sax, also known as Adolphe Sax. It was invented in 1841 and introduced by Adolphe to famous composer Hector Berlioz the same year. The saxophone has been greatly enhanced from its first introduction in 1841 up to modern day. There are three most commonly used versions of the saxophone other than Alto and they are as follows: Soprano, Baritone, and Tenor Saxophones. Continuing with the history of the original saxophone: The saxophone, after it was

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    Tattoos and Piercings on Doctors

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    When imagining a doctor many see a man or a woman in a blue or white outfit usually with healthy skin. Most, however, would not imagine a doctor adorned with tattoos or piercings but those kinds of doctors are out there. As long as a doctor can do their job right then piercings, or no piercings, and tattoos, or no tattoos, shouldn’t matter. Although some people have concerns about the quality of medical care about doctors with tattoos and piercings, they should not be discriminated against because

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    patients seek empathy from doctors. In Understanding, Jonathan Mao presents the stories of three fictitious patients and their interactions with one doctor. Mao’s extensive use of imagery and descriptive language, along with his use of a second-person perspective, is effective in making readers empathize with each patient and assume the role of the doctor. Mao’s abundant use of imagery coupled with personification strongly appeals to readers’ emotions. In the first stanza, the doctor examines Diego Hidalgo:

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