Comparison Of Jack Kerouac's On The Road
(Specifically About the connections between his life and the fictional story)
Now before I just jump in and tell you the similarities and differences between Jack Kerouac’s life and his book, On The Road, here’s a little backstory on Jack Kerouac and the Beatnik generation. Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1922, and in 1948, he introduced the term “beat generation”, to describe his social circle. (Parkins, Keith. “Beat Generation.” Mar. 2005) He attended Columbia University, where he would meet Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, and William Burroughs (Biography.com Editors. “Jack Kerouac.” April 2017), until he dropped out sophomore year, following his termination on the football team from a leg …show more content…
Town and City is a tale about the differences between small town life, including familial values, and city life, wild and free, which was quite like his own life. Another of Kerouac's New York friends in the late 1940s was Neal Cassady; the two took several cross-country road trips to Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, and even Mexico City. (Biography.com Editors. “Jack Kerouac.” April 2017)
It was these trips that inspired his next novel, On the Road, an almost accurate account of the road trips, which included sex, jazz, and drugs. Kerouac's writing of On the Road has become a legend: He wrote the entire novel over one three-week bender of frenzied composition, on a single scroll of paper that was 120 feet long. (Biography.com Editors. “Jack Kerouac.” April 2017)
Now, in all reality, the legend has just enough truth sprinkled in to make the fiction believable. Kerouac did write the novel on a single scroll in three weeks. He had also spent several years making notes in preparation for this literary outburst, though. (Biography.com Editors. “Jack Kerouac.” April 2017) Kerouac compared his style of writing to the improvisation of his beloved jazz musicians. Revision, he believed, was lying. He wanted capture the truth of a moment. However, publishers, who didn’t see it that way, dismissed Kerouac's single-scroll manuscript, and the novel remained unpublished for six …show more content…
One of the most enduring American novels of all time, On the Road appears on virtually every list of the 100 greatest American novels. Kerouac's words, spoken through the narrator Sal Paradise, continue to inspire today's youth with the power and clarity with which they inspired the youth of his own time: "The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles."
Now, onto a summary of On The Road, in the winter of 1947, the reckless Dean Moriarty, fresh out of another stint in jail and newly married, comes to New York City and meets Sal Paradise, a young writer with an intellectual group of friends, among them the poet Carlo Marx. Dean fascinates Sal, and their friendship begins three years of restless journeys back and forth across the