The characters in this book are truly inspiring. They live in the present with no worries and take everything day by day. These are characteristics that i feel our generation unfortunately lacks. It is sad that our generation no longer takes risks like the characters in the book do because the fear of not knowing what is going to happen stops us. The irresponsibility and spontaneouty of not having a plan is what stops us from taking chances. This book makes me want to pack up and take a road trip. Every time i read i think "maybe my parents will let me when i am done with school or when i am older" but i remember i have to deal with school, water polo, or family. these would not allow me to make the trip but these are exactly the thoughts that the characters never had. They wanted something and went out to do it without thinking of the consequences. I admire them.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Unrest in America, unrest in a generation. Sal symbolizes these things. He is restless, he is full of energy and seeks other sources of energy. New York, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are all centers of energy. Dean, Carlo, Remi and Terry all possess the same unrest. All of these people are drawn together through a mutual recognition of energy. The problem with this generation, with these people and with this movement is that there is no direction for them to go in. Without direction, they just go. Unlike the generations before them that had been caught up in war and building America, this generation possesses the energy to move, to be and to desire. This "On The Road" mentality would translate into a revolutionary energy in the next generation, an energy that would cause turmoil in America and an era defined by the Civil Rights Movement.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Reading this book has definitely inspired me to hit the road at one point in my life. Some of the places that were traveled really called my attention. Here are some of the places Sal and his friends visited:
Bear Mountain Bridge in New York
In “On the Road”, they cross the Bear Mountain which is in New York. It connects Rockland and Westchester across the Hudson River. It was once considered the longest suspension bridge.
One of the places mentioned in the book is Omaha. It is described as having lots of cowboys, cowboy boots, and ten-gallon hats. If you are interested in getting a taste of what Sal experienced while at Omaha, you can click on this link, which will show you recreations of bank robberies, train robberies, and cowboy characters.
Another big stop in the book is Chicago. Jazz was extremely popular at the time in this city. The characters in the book experienced this type of music when they arrived. Kerouac would be impressed if he saw this link below:
Friday, January 6, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
As Sal travels the country and progresses in his journey, it becomes more apparent that there is no plan and no future in Sal's mind. This becomes clear as he arrives in Sabinal with Terry. He accompanies Terry to her home in Sabinal in order to meet up with her family and to find work. At every failed attempt of finding work or progression the word "mañana" is uttered. The word serves to diffuse responsibility to the next day, to the future. The future that never comes. Sal lives in the present and "mañana" is what keeps him there. If he ever has any responsibility or any problem he can always fix it "mañana". Sal Paradise is always living in the present. Paradise is always one day away....