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What are some major themes of Jack Kerouac's work On the Road?
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- The desire for adventure
- The desire for freedom
- The yearning for originality
- An opposition to restrictions
- Sexual entanglements
- Romantic relationships
- The ways reality complicates or subverts fantasies and dreams
- Geographical exploration
- Relations between males
- Relations between males and females
- The traits of young people
- The post-World War II period in the United States
- The importance of literature
- The importance of individual experience
- Unconventional behavior
- Tensions within families
- Friendship as an alternative to disappointing family relationships
- Health and illness
- Foreign cultures (especially the culture of Mexico)
- The distinctive features of different parts of the U. S.
- The monotony of everyday, conventional existence
- The attractions of novelty
- The ideas and ideals of Friedrick Nietzsche
- The appeal of the western U. S. as an alternative to the east
- Emotional enthusiasm and physical energy
- Physical sensation and mental stimulation
- The insignificance, in an ideal world, of racial divisions
- The joy provided by madness, ecstasy, inspiration, and sublimity
- The value of spontaneity
- The importance and appeal of music, especially jazz, as in the following passage:
Jack Kerouac’s book On the Road explores a variety of themes, including the following
. . . “Whoo!” said Dean. He was rubbing his chest, his belly; the sweat splashed from his face. Boom, kick, that drummer was kicking his drums down the cellar and rolling the beat upstairs with his murderous sticks, rattlety-boom! A big fat man was jumping on the platform, making it sag and creak. “Yoo!” The pianist was only pounding the keys with spread-eagled fingers, chords, at intervals when the great tenorman was drawing breath for another blast – Chinese chords, shuddering the piano in every timber, chink, and wire, boing!
Posted by vangoghfan on January 13, 2012 at 5:18 AM (Answer #1)
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