Analysis Of Allen Ginsberg 's ' Howl ' Essay

1198 Words Mar 21st, 2015 null Page
Against the Norm
Whether we realize it or not, our environment has great influence on the way we act every single day. Society tells us who to be, when we should be, how we should be, and if we defy society, we are wrong. Today’s society is not much different from society in the 50’s. Both the 50’s and modern societies create imaginary guidelines for people to live by. Allen Ginsberg steps out of mainstream society by creating the poem “Howl.” He speaks what others are afraid to speak. In the 1950’s, it was against the law in every state to be openly gay. However, this did not stop Ginsberg from expressing his sexuality throughout “Howl.” Ginsberg experienced a rollercoaster of events throughout his life. He was kicked out of multiple schools for obscene language; he used a multitude range of drugs, graduated with a literature degree from Columbia University, and was admitted into a psychiatric ward. “Howl” is a three-part poem that takes you on a rollercoaster that is Allen Ginsberg and through his evolution of thought. Ginsberg promotes revolutionary themes throughout his poem to express contradictory views against American culture conformity to declare individuality.
The American dream; it’s what everyone wants and what everyone strives for. Imagine the perfect two-story house in the suburbs surrounded by a white picket fence, and luscious green grass filling the front lawn. Dad is in his black business suit getting the newspaper full of current events. Mom is out in the…

Related Documents