Who Is The Beat Generation: A Hero's Journey?

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J.R.R. Tolkien one of the well-known English writer and poet who once stated, “Not all those who wander are lost”, claims that people who wander are not lost, in reality, they are curious individuals who are true life seekers. In other words, people who wander around the world, like travel writers are not astray, instead they are people who are motivated to learn and experience the world from their own eyes. Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, is one of the well-known novels written in 1951 but later published in 1957, explaining the life of people after the World War II. This novel gives a voice to a new generation known as the Beat Generation who were the counterculture to the culture before World War II in America. The novel provides us readers …show more content…
A new future lies ahead of him, where in the end he discovers how living in the present is not just for the Beat Generation but for everyone without fearing anything. For Sal and his friends the real America that they want to be part of is America that gives important to drugs, sex, jazz, cars and life on the road. Similarly, in the novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North and other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Basho he states, “Everybody was overjoyed to see me as if I had returned unexpectedly from the dead” (Basho, 142). Basho’s return from a long journey, full of struggles has caused the individuals around him to be surprised after seeing him alive. As a result, he became a new Basho with as he learned more about life and its goals. For Basho, he learned that life is not stable. He can’t be the same Basho that he started with, that had certain goals such as following the footsteps of ancient priest, become a better writer, and gain enlightenment. As a result, of the journey through satori, Basho learns that we must live in the current movement and live life the way it is, because instead of just achieving goals we learn a lot more than what we expect. He lives life in …show more content…
Similarly, like Sal he was motivated to continue on a journey despite the struggles. They both ended up learning that one must live in the present and that if we don’t we are losing the meaning of life. Instead, of being like others Basho and Sal were different they were the ones who looked different from the whole society. In addaition, in the novel, The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk by Palden Gyatso, the author mentions, “Wounds can heal. But once your spirit is broken, everything falls apart. So we did not allow ourselves to feel dejected….” (Gyatso, 213), clarifies that an individual must be strong and should not break their spirit because of anyone. Like Palden Gyatso, he never gave up, despite all the tortures, and interrogations that he went through for thirty-years. Despite the cultural genocide that Gyatso faced, he did not give up his faith and was proud of the Tibet’s civilization that he carried on even during prison. He was forced by many officers in the prison to denounce and to reform to the party but Gyatso, never did. Instead, Gyatso would recite the mantras in

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