On the Road Questions and Answers
by Jack Kerouac

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In On the Road, in what ways does alcohol represent Sal's need for new experiences?

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Alcohol plays a big role in the work of Jack Kerouac, and On the Road  is no exception. One of the most prominent themes in this novel is the importance of having new experiences, altering one's perception of the world, and generally having a good time. Alcohol plays a central role in these enterprises for a couple of reasons. First, and perhaps most simplistically, alcohol use helps characters in the story supposedly "have a good time" (at least, until their...

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