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Jack Kerouac and The BeatJack Kerouac, was born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts, as the youngest ofthree children.Jack decided to be a writer after his brother Gerard died at the age of nine.Fromthe life and death experience of his brother's death, and the Catholic faith of his childhood, hedeveloped a spiritual tendency in his character that would last throughout his life.The fact thatKerouac was a spiritual "seeker," may be the most vital aspect of his life.In post WWII,Eisenhower America, Jack Kerouac came from a poor rustic industrial community to change theface of American Culture forever.He chronicled the wild rebellious culture of "the Beats" in thelate 50's and early 60's, paving the way for a more accepting American Society and the toleranceof alternative lifestyles enjoyed today.As a Roman Catholic who grew up in Calvinist New England, Jack took in a double dose ofguilt and sensitivity to sin.In his book Dr. Sax his first "bout with sexual desire, masturbation, isinterrupted-in a virtual parody of crime and punishment- by the news that his dog had been hit bya car."Jack probably could have handled this "double dose" trebled by the death of his brother.Jack gave up Catholicism early on, but carried inside him the "sad peasant mystery of QuebecCatholics "(59 Kerouac).The Catholic association of Kerouac's thought are as plain as an ideaof his total incompatibility with Catholicism, but sometimes mistaken for it" the idea that thesuffering oppression are saintly"(17, Victor-Levy).Kerouac rejected materialism and liberalismof middle class America; for example he was not political or religious but emotional (Rumsey).Jack rebelled against what he saw as the stifling, conformist cultural values of the 50's.Helived in a society that was less spiritual and more materialistic than the last generations society.

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On the Road, Jack Kerouac, Kerouac

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