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    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

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    compilation of original footage shot by Ken Kesey and his friends, known as the Merry Pranksters, follows their cross country bus trip in 1964 from California to New York to see the World’s Fair. Besides Kesey, the most well-known Prankster was Neal Cassady, who was the inspiration for Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” and the driver for the first leg of the journey. The film begins with a short biography of Kesey, a writer known for his novels “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Sometimes

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    Kerouac

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    fascinatingly inchoate friend Neal Cassady as the modern-day equivalent of the Wild West legends Jim Bridger, Pecos Bill, and Jesse James. Like the Lowell boy he never quite ceased to be, Kerouac saw football players and range-worn cowboys as the paragons of true America; his diaries teem with references to “folk heroes” and praise for Zane Grey’s honest drifters, Herman Melville’s confidence men, and Babe Ruth’s feats on the diamond and in the barroom. Kerouac brought Cassady into the American mythical

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    Beating on Against the Current

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    that plagued their society. Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is a transcendent work that strives to embrace the fullness of life in all of its incoherency by rejecting conformity through the idealism of the Beat movement and the influence of his friend Neal Cassady. To the average American in the 1940’s, “Beat” was a slang term used to describe someone who was down and out, financially physically and emotionally in life. But to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsburg, and William S. Burroughs, his friends and major

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    evident in On The Road, is a reflection of societal attitudes of the time. Works Cited and Consulted: Bartlett, Lee. The Beats: Essays in Criticism. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. 1981. Cassady, Carolyn. Heartbeat: My Life With Jack and Neal. Berkeley: Creative Arts Books Company. 1976. Cassady, Neal. "Letter to Jack Kerouac." March 7, 1947. Challis, Chris. Quest For Kerouac. London: Faber and Faber Limited. 1984. Dardess, George. "The Delicate Dynamics of Friendship: A Reconsideration

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    Ken Kesey

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    his passion. He later took part in study by the U.S. army. It was on the effects of drugs and his work there helped inspire his first novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. In 1964 Ken Kesey organized a legendary group which involved people like Neal Cassady and Ken Babbs. The called themselves the Merry Pranksters. They were the leaders of their time. They began a journey across th...

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    el, it is there as a reflection of his belief system and the attitudes of the time. Works Cited Page Bartlett, Lee. The Beats: Essays in Criticism. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. 1981. Cassady, Carolyn. Heartbeat: My Life With Jack and Neal. Berkeley: Creative Arts Books Company. 1976. Cassady, Neal. "Letter to Jack Kerouac." March 7, 1947. Challis, Chris. Quest For Kerouac. London: Faber and Faber Limited. 1984. Dardess, George. "The Delicate Dynamics of Friendship: A Reconsideration

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    their idealistic neighborhoods. With the expressed purpose of bringing the reality of aberration to society, Allen Ginsberg created a masterpiece in "Howl." It is the portrayal of the lives of many of his closest friends and associates, among them, Neal Cassady, Peter Orlovsky, William Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac. "Howl," published in 1956, is a poem in three parts. The first, and perhaps most quoted section, explains how Allen Ginsberg saw "the best minds" of his generation "destroyed by madness

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    A rejection of normal social values, exploration of religions, rejection of materialism, explicit portrayals of humanity, experimentation with psychedelic drugs, and sexual liberation; this is none other than the beat generation. The beat generation was a literary movement started by a group of authors, including Allen Ginsberg, whose work influenced American culture and politics in the post-World War II era. This unusual movement was started by Allen Ginsberg and his friends William Burroughs and

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    the madness, the overwhelming need to leave home and go on a journey of soul seeking, along with the other characters. Having a need to explore the West was Sal’s main goal for a few years, and Kerouac had once done that along with his friend, Neal Cassady, as they reached Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, and Mexico City on multiple trips. His main intention of writing this piece, and specifically including in the moments he had with the various hitchhikers in a party truck, was to encourage the reader

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