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on the road - T F E Death and Dean Dean is an individual...

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T F E Death and Dean Dean is an individual who has a very enthusiastic and optimistic outlook on life. But attached to his excitement for life is a kind of madness. He is constantly on the go; he is always mapping out his next adventure, so as to not miss out on any excitement. He seems to be obsessed with the idea of time: he fears wasting the little time he has in the world. The way in which the word "time" is emphasized in this novel illustrates how Dean Moriarty not only fears time but is controlled by it. And I think that this is also true for the entire beat generation which Dean represents. Section 1: “some spirit was pursuing all of us across the desert of life and was bound to catch us before we reached heaven/ this is only death: death will overtake us before heaven. The one thing that we yearn for in our living days, that makes us sigh and groan and undergo sweet nauseas of all kinds, is the remembrance of some lost bliss that was probable experienced in the womb and can only be reproduced in death. / I told it to dean and he instantly recognized it as the mere simple longing for pure death; and because we’re all of us never in life again, he, rightly, would have nothing to do with it.” (Kerouac, 124). This is Sal in the present tense describing his dream of the “shrouded traveler”. In this analysis I believe that Sal is realizing that the “it” Dean and him are
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looking for is only achievable in birth and death. He tells Dean about his dream and Dean immediately realizes it is about death and will not talk about it. To understand a character completely and thoroughly I believe that it is necessary
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This essay was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ENLT 335 taught by Professor Berninghausen during the Spring '08 term at Montana.

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