Essay on easy rider: a pursuit of American identity
For the American dream
Easy Rider is the late 1960s "road film" tale of a search for freedom (or the illusion of freedom) and an identity in America, in the midst of paranoia, bigotry and violence. The story, of filmmakers' Fonda/Hopper creation, centers around the self-styled, counter-cultured, neo-frontiersmen of the painfully fashionable late 60s. As for the meaning of Easy rider, Peter Fonda (Wyatt) said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, ¡§it is a southern term for a whore¡¦s old man, not a pimp, but a dude who lives with a chick. Because he¡¦s got the easy ride. Well, that¡¦s what¡¦s happened to America, man. Liberty¡¦s become a whore, and we¡¦re all taking an easy …show more content…
The 60¡¦s for the youth is an era of sexual libertarianism, angry politicism, vehement rejection of authority, and widespread experiment with drugs. Easy Rider is indeed one of the rallying points of the late 60¡¦s, a buddy picture, crossed with sex, drugs, rock and roll, and the heeding freedom of the open road. Influenced by the rock¡¦n¡¦roll, aftermath of cold war and the beat writers, the youth were growing more discontent, despite the seeming prosperity and conformity. The youth audiences were especially fond of this film because it represents a reflection of their hopes of liberation and fears of the Establishment.
Themes of Easy Rider and its Counter Culture Elements
When films emblematic of 1960s American