The two are trying to reach into americas foundation

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maturation. The two are trying to reach into America’s foundation to find a reason why they are there Dean and Sal try to maintain a belief that it is the journey and not the destination that they crave but Sal eventually pulls away from Dean when he refuses to accept his responsibility as an adult. They call this meaning often God and there is an association of empiricism with spirituality. Experiences and perception and its correlation with a new dichotomy of religion vs. spirituality forms a large part of the Beat Generation’s larger themes. Much of Dean’s behavior is portrayed as infantile, specifically about women evidenced when he hits Marylou for sleeping with other men, despite his relationship with a pregnant Camille. This draws direct correlation with patriarchal misogyny that fueled ideas of rebellion at the turn of the century. They associated femininity with crushing polity whereas here they blame them for stealing their manhood and social roles during World War II. They are disillusioned that commerce and conformity was the reward for giving their lives and jobs to the war effort. This refers back to the theme of rebellion and how to handle and how that gave rise to the idea of adolescence. In the wake of the dissolution of nuclear families, people’s individual places in society became of the utmost importance and the idea of self-determination less so. Sal’s journey in On the Road is a reflection of this.
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  • Spring '13
  • KevinMattson
  • On the Road, Jack Kerouac, Sal Paradise, Neal Cassady, happy carefree Dean, Prof. Kevin Mattson

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