What is the rising action of On the Road?
The rising action is depicted primarily through exposition by Sal, who tells us of his journey west and back again, winding across the United States in search of a higher intellectual or spiritual truth, looking to find the Socratic "It," the shadow on the cave wall. On the Road is a roman à clef, which is to say a novel with a "key," and offers many hints of the fact that Sal is a rough stand-in for Jack Kerouac, who wrote extensively about exploring America, mind-altering drugs and substances, notions of Far East philosophy, and the business of making meaning. In On the Road , we could consider the rising action as Sal crisscrossing the country...
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