William S. Burroughs

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  • The 1950's: The Beat Generation

    The 1940’s and 1950’s, an era where conformity, materialism, and sexual repression was the norm in America. Conformity was encouraged by President Eisenhower and if anybody thought differently they were dubbed a communist or “commie”. A counter culture group emerged aiming to radicalize young people to open their eyes to deception in America society and culture-enters the Beat Generation. The Beat Generation was a social and literary movement that was forming post World War II. The Beats were a group of writers that opposed conventional writing, spoke about issues regarding race, sex, and class, and rejected many cultural principles that was happening post war. The Origin of the Beats was in 1943, Allen Ginsberg meets Lucien Carr at Columbia University. Carr introduces Ginsberg to Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. From there, the Beat Generation arises and their movement was faced with criticism along the way. The Beats received harsh criticism and negative backlash from the public, critics, and other observers. Despite the negativity, The Beat Generation prevailed throughout their journey. Allen Ginsberg’s poem Howl was banned due to obscenity by custom officials. The 1950’s was the most sexually…

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  • Alone On A Mountaintop, By Alberto Rios

    wrong thing at the wrong moment. If our curiosity is not aloud to get the best of us how are we to learn? When society gets ahold of you it is difficult to escape its grasp. In “Alone on a Mountaintop,” by Jack Kerouac, it explains how he tries to forget society’s rules and break-free. Alberto does something similar in his essay, “The Secret Lion.” Alberto Rios attempts to defy society, at much younger age than Kerouac, and gets hurt because of it. The “Beat Generation” included authors who…

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  • The Beat Generation: The 1950's American Culture

    Often referred to as the beatniks, a parody of the USSR’s “Sputnik” (Enck), the Beat Generation stands in stark contrast to 1950’s American culture. With the rapid emergence of a post-WWII society - suburbs and consumerism, traditional family values and an exclusion of the extreme - entered the authors who rejected it. Their ideology, shocking to those of their time, ultimately led to the creation of a nation-wide literary movement. The roots of this movement took place during 1944 near Columbia…

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  • Drugs And Addiction In Junky, By William S. Burroughs

    The novel Junky by William S. Burroughs tells the tale of a man named William Lee and his addiction to "Junk". He goes from a middle-class existence in the Midwest to selling and using drugs in New York City, from morphine to marijuana to cocaine to heroin. The book discusses almost every aspect of a junkie's life, from obtaining their drugs, to using them, to avoiding the police, to "Junk Sickness" also known as withdrawal, to prison time for drug possession, to other actions a heroin junkie…

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  • Characterization Of Animals In Jack London's The Call Of The Wild

    short amount of time to confer. Once they were done, they did, in fact, perform a new trick that they had created in that time. (“How Smart Are Animals?”) The dolphins’ ability to work together toward a common goal shows that dogs, too, can work together towards the goal of driving the sled without being forced because of a shared desire to do so. Although Jack London should not be considered a “nature faker,” there is evidence to the contrary. It can be said that animals are not truly…

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  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened Analysis

    1) I have never chosen to read a nonfiction book on my own time because when I think nonfiction I oftentimes think of something boring and dry. The ones I have read have been strictly informational and in general very uninteresting. However, I am excited to read a biography as as of late there have been quite a few I have wanted to read and I think I will find them more interesting than what I traditionally associate with nonfiction books. 2) I am reading the memoir Let's Pretend This Never…

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  • A Sand County Almanac Summary

    to maintain contact with both ends of the spectrum. To Thoreau, it was all about a balance of the two worlds to achieve inner peace and happiness. “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours” (Walden). This quote from Walden, explains that because of his experiment in the woods, he realized that he can live the life that he…

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  • Royal Enfield Case Study

    CHAPTER-1.1 INTRODUCTION Royal Enfield one of the well known brand and most astounding offering bicycle in India and outside India (USA, Europe, Australia and so on.) Royal Enfield cruisers had been sold in India from 1949. In 1955,, the Indian Government searched for a suitable cruisers for its police and armed force, in utilizing as a part of watching the nation's fringe. To the extent the cruiser brand goes, however, no doubt Royal Enfield is the main bike brand to compass three centuries,…

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  • Essay On Motocross

    There has not been a great deal of historical research about motocross. While periodical publications in both Europe and America have reported on the sport extensively, one can count on two hands the useful books that have been written about motocross. I have a 1982 yz80 i would suggest that for the first time rider. . I have always wanted yz450f or a ktm 450 that has been my dream since my first dirtbike in 2007. Dirt bikes have been around about 92 years. The earliest motorcycles were little…

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  • Harley Davidson Case Study

    breadth of product line, market innovation, and brand recognition, Harley-Davidson holds a high position in terms of its competitors with a score of 43 as opposed to that of BMW (39), Honda (37), and Suzuki (34). When analyzing Harley-Davidson as a company using a SWOT analysis, one can see that the strengths clearly outweigh the weaknesses. For Harley-Davidson, strengths include customer loyalty, connection to freedom, and marketability. The connection to freedom is a big part of the…

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