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The paper discusses the core theme and purpose of Jack Kerouac's novel 'on the Road which was published in 1957. The novel is essentially about the author's trips to various parts of the country in search of wisdom and truth, this paper focuses on the actual purpose of the journey and finds out if the writer was finally able to reach his destination or not. The paper also discusses the Beat generation briefly and explains why it was difficult for people to understand the theme of the novel when it first appeared in 1950s. 'ON THE ROAD' On the Road is one of the most widely read books that emerged out of the Beat generation of the 1950s. To understand On the Road better, it is important to delve deeper in the society and culture of the time when Americans were increasingly looking for an alternative lifestyle and in their quest for something unique and different, they experimented with everything that appeared wild and adventurous. Jack Kerouac was one important beats icon and in his book, he has essentially talked about the journey that took him to different parts of the country. The author has not discussed this journey as simply a vacation trip; there is something intensely deep and meaningful in his travel chronicles. He was not precisely interested in visiting various parts of the country but his journey actually reflects a disturbed soul and mind looking for some stability in unpredictable and uncertain times. ...read more.


the thing will go along of itself and you won't go off the road and I can sleep." But in the end, it became clear that such thinking was not exactly soul deep. While he did have faith, he never made use of it to bring a positive change in his life and this is what makes Sal realize why faith in the Beat generation was more verbal than spiritual. We need to focus on this point in order to see how Sal gets to his destination while Dean, the man of higher intelligence gets caught in the web of social evils and thus loses sight of his goal, if he had one to begin with. Sal is in search of the same kind of faith and adventurous spirit that Dean possesses and somehow starts admiring his friend so much that even when he knows that Dean was not a trustworthy person, he still tags along with him to various parts of the country. This shows the idealism of that age and time but also exposes the vulnerability of social thinking of Beat generation. Sal's thinking in the beginning shows that the man was suffering more from flawed views than anything else. "The only people for me are 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." ...read more.


Scott Fitzgerald--simply to be "lost." Today, one depression and two wars later, in order to remain uncommitted one must at least flirt with depravity. "On The Road" belongs to the new Bohemianism in American fiction in which an experimental style is combined with eccentric characters and a morally neutral point of view. it is not so much a novel as a long affectionate lark inspired by the so-called "beat" generation, and an example of the degree to which some of the most original work being done in this country has come to depend upon the bizarre and the offbeat for its creative stimulus. Jack Kerouac has written an enormously readable and entertaining book but one reads it in the same mood that he might visit a sideshow--the freaks are fascinating although they are hardly part of our lives." If we simply pay attention to the last line of the above passage, we would be able to understand what it was that actually caused problems in reading the novel. Critics were unable to relate to the book because they were of the view that the eccentric characters present in Kerouac's book were figments of his imagination and that no such people actually existed. This sort of disparity in thinking resulted in many literary figures dismissing the book as nothing more than a imaginative piece of fiction. But the truth is that this book teaches us a lot about the social and cultural climate of 1950s and thus serves as one of the most reliable source for the study of the Beat generation and the generations preceding it. ...read more.

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