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Unformatted text preview: Whitman, Beats, Catcher Unit Study Guide Mr. Moore This main connections among the various writers we have read and discussed in this unit are a discomfort with mainstream American values and a willingness to rebel against them. All of these writers were “outsiders” in their day. The ideas and beliefs of Walt Whitman are controversial today, but imagine how controversial they were 150 years ago. These writers wanted to express things that were either taboo or unpopular-but they realized that saying something different, something against the grain of mainstream American culture, required new forms of expression. This is one of the most important concepts of this unit (and of this class); that it is not only what a writer says, but how he says it, that creates meaning. If the Beat writers wanted to exist outside of mainstream America, and if they wanted to effectively criticize it, they could not borrow its modes of...
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