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William Burroughs

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Narrator, Chapter 3 here is no drag like U.S. drag. You can’t see it, you don’t know where it comes from ... And our habits build up with the drag. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Yorker Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Noose Represents the hypocrisy of American society Black Meat Stands for heroin and other real-life addictive substances Safety Pin & Dropper Symbolize junkies’ desperation for a fix Symbols Discredited surgeon; sadist who performs torture in the name of science Dr. Benway International merchant of every vice and part of Islam Inc.; known for perversion Hassan Practical-joking playboy and agent of Islam Inc.; causes chaos wherever he goes A.J. Drug addict on the run; documents the depraved activities of those he meets Narrator Main Characters Born into a wealthy family, Burroughs joined the writers of the Beat Generation in their quest to reshape the rules of American life and literature. Experimenting with drugs and sexuality as he traveled the world, Burroughs likewise experimented with the form of the novel, creating surreal and satirical worlds. WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS1914–97 Author Doctors are ineffectual at best, sadistic at worst. Medicine Addiction rules and drives the addict’s every action. Drug Addiction Government exists to exert control over the citizens. Government Fleeing the police, addict William Lee leaves New York City and travels through alternate realities where characters partake in sex and drugs to cope with the bleak aspects of their existence. Eventually Lee returns to his own reality in New York to face his problems. A Winding Trip into the Depths of Humanity THEMES English Original Language 1959 Year Published William S. Burroughs Author Naked Lunch Satire Novel

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