The Beat Generation


The Twentieth century has witnessed several movements which have helped to shape the rise of American culture. Each movement has in some way altered the way we think and act. One of the most influential literary movements of this century has been that of . The Beat writers were a small group of close friends first, and a movement later. in literature consist of a small number of writers, of which Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs are the best known today. All three men met at Columbia University in New York City in the mid-1940’s, and they remained friends, encouraging each other’s individualistic writing for more than ten years before publishers began to take their ...

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for a visit. Dean is a fast-talking, womanizing product of Denver reform schools. Sal idolizes Dean for his cowboy style, his ease with women and his high-spirited joy in living. However, it took Sal traveling across America and back to figure out the magnetic character Dean Moriaty was only good for the good times. The joyrides became less exciting after Dean leaves him in Mexico in a feverish state to marry a girl in New York. Sal catches up with Dean and Marylou in New York with a little animosity to say the least. Dean with his egotistical attitude says to Sal, “you’ve finally come to me,” but Sal doesn’t fall for his line again. The novel is a very good example of “spontaneous prose” writing (Asher 3,4).
Another Beat writer, Allen Ginsberg, wrote the Poem “Howl” that describes a series of brutal images which tells the reader how wrong the life of consumption is. In this poem he writes, “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed....” which sets the story line of ...

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