Jack Kerouac-On The Road


Jack Kerouac's 'Great American' Novel, On the Road
"…because the only people for me as the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes, 'Awwwww!'" (On the Road, Jack Kerouac p. 8)
The 40's. A time of the beat generation, a time when life in America was poetic. And Jack Kerouac was there to see it all and tell about it in splendorous detail. Truly Jack Kerouac was a mindful literary genius and his novel ...

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Instead of making use of the money he has earned he takes to the road on foot and hitch hikes his way across America from New York to Denver, his ultimate goal.
Upon arriving at his destination and reuniting with Dean he realizes Dean's madness, his inability to control his emotions, his vagueness, his incoherence can only imply one thing, Dean's inner genius. Dean and Carlo flee again off towards Texas. Sal Paradise follows looking for 'America.'
Their travels takes them all over the United States on escapades full of sex, drugs, and swing music. Throughout their travels they encounter several people with whom they become attached to in one form or another. Sal is overwhelmed by the beauty in everyone. He begins to see the real America. The America he is easily falling in love with. Dean meets numerous women, four of which he loves dearly and marries. He juggles these paramours with their knowledge of his infidelity and impregnates several of them. By the end of the ...

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with in America. But to Sal it is wonderful and he lies on the roof of the car when it comes time to sleep, breathing in the thick, heavy, humid air of Mexico and letting the bugs bleed him dry. "For the first time in my life the weather was not something that touched me, that caressed me, froze or sweated me, but became me." (On the Road, Jack Kerouac p. 294) Sal starts to appreciate the rank, hot and rotten stench of the jungle as he takes in the evening and attempts to sleep.
Arrival in Mexico City brings joy to the road wearied travelers. Everything feels like heaven to them as they try to experience it all at once and achieve that great high that can only come from a life ...

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