Beat Generation Essays

  • Allen Ginsberg Beat Generation Analysis

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    Introduction The era of the Beat Generation was a time of reinvention, in a society recovering from the second World War , the Beats were a group of poets who strayed from social and literary conformity by questioning authority, and followed a more free verse way of writing with little to no rules. They were part of the counterculture that developed post 1945. The Beat Generation were a group of poets that managed to change the way literature and writing were done in the 1950s. Literary traditions

  • Beat Generation Pioneer: Jack Kerouac

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    THE JACK KEROUAC STORY is a dramatic, character driven study of Beat Generation pioneer, Jack Kerouac. It’s a journey of self-discovery, much like his “On The Road” trip of discovery. The goal is clear and the stakes are personal. The script is driven by themes about mourning, healing, and moving on. The plot is also driven by the emotional needs of the character rather than by the external goal of becoming sober. It’s a skillfully crafted expedition of self-transformation. This script focuses

  • How Did The Beat Generation Influence The Beat Generation

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    World War Ⅱ impacted American society in many and varied ways. However, there was one shining light in the forest of darkness and depression, The Beat Generation. No one could ever have guessed that a group of men could have created one of the most iconic cultural rebellion in American history for decades to come. The Beat Generation started out with only four people the iconic Jack Kerouac, his best friend and novel inspiration Neal Cassady, the older but wise William S. Burroughs, and Kerouac’s

  • Counterculture In America

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    people, including immigrants such as myself. Three major movements, paradigmatic in their representation of society’s fringe, served as the initial harbingers of social and political reform. The Bohemians, first to see through the Gilded Age. The Beat Generation, ever unnerved by the unending conformity which penetrated ‘50s America. Finally, institutionalized counterculture. The hippies, punks, goths, and hipsters

  • How Counterculture Changed American Culture

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    is today. The Beat generation was a group of authors who explored and influenced American culture through literature in the post-World War II era. The Beat writers were prominent in the 1950’s and their culture included experiencing with new drugs, exploring new Eastern religions, and rejecting materialism. One of the more well-known Beat poets was Allen Ginsberg, who wrote the poem “Howl” to celebrate the counterculture of the 1950’s where he saw “the best minds of the generation destroyed by madness

  • Protest In Allen Ginsberg's Poem Howl

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    yet still carried an undercurrent of rebellion from those who were discontent. Among the people of the Fifties generation, the Beat writers effectively reflected their fight and influence for non-conformity. The writers, who came to the conclusion of all of society’s corruptions, made efforts to protect and protest alongside the poor and the weak and protest alongside them. In “Howl” by Beat writer Allen Ginsberg, he expresses disapproval of to the social forces predominant in America.

  • Conformity In Jack Kerouac's On The Road

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    Why did the Beats reject the middle class expectations of conformity? In order to fully understand and properly answer this question a reader must first define “Beats”. Beats: people or a generation that had a relaxed view towards sex, drugs, and religion; thrived on arts and culture; a sympathetic people. In Jack Kerouac's novel “On the Road” the character Sal and his friends are viewed as Beats, and in the novel Sal is living his life so that he can be satisfied, have a since of freedom, and even

  • Hipterism In Harlem

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    Gallery readings reveal how Beat and associated artists and audiences also tapped into this residual, insubordinate, and positive sense of jazz and expressed it through their art and lives.” (Whaley, 2004, p. 27) ,,The reading of Howl amplified vibrations sounding back to the jazz of renaissance Harlem, an era in which blues and jazz poets found themselves when much of the high culture’s generation.” (Whaley, 2004, p. 24) Besides the jazz and bebop music, the generation of “crazy, no-good kids” (Russel

  • Biggie Smalls Characteristics

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    Are the rappers in this generation truly great at what they do? To compare the greatest rappers of all time and the ones today, many people can see multiple qualities the greatest rappers have, that the rappers of today do not. When you look at the best rappers of all time, they all share flow, origin, and the best beats in their songs to truly stand above all. In order to be an honorable rapper, he or she must have flow of words in the songs that they make. A ideal example of what flow is supposed

  • The Role Of Conformity In The 1950s

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    The United States had appeared to be dominated by consensus and conformity in the 1950s. The fifties were the decade of reform to the better led by president Eisenhower. The economy was booming. Further, there was a rise in consumerism which resulted in a domino effect on the economy. On the other hand, issues arose during that time as well, such as the fear of communism. Additionally, disagreements and rebellions. The 1950s was characterized as a prosperous and conformist for several reasons. For

  • Rita Dove's Poem

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    have been a divine character. He could observe men invisibly, a job previously thought to be only for god. This made The Shadow a force of good during the time period. Although the narrator reveals that only himself and Jack Kerouac, another famous beat writer, ever thought about him in such a way. The poem seems to take pride in the fact that the narrator experienced his bygone era in a different way than most. This in fact ties into the evil of the

  • Hippies Influence On American Culture Essay

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    many new ideas that would be proven to make an impact on history. The term “hippie” came from the word “hipster” and they originated from the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco and were often thought of as descendents of the originators of the Beat movement. Often misunderstood as nothing but drug abusers, hippies projected the importance of self reliance and peace within humanity. Specifically the idea of the hippie became widely popular and the lifestyle was practiced throughout the entire

  • Hour Of The Star Literary Analysis

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    pressure. ‘The only thing they believe is what they see on the sheet.’ Deeply analyzing the novella further, we realize that women are taught to accept the oppression and succumb to the patriarchy because that was how it was practiced for many generations. This is what the mother of three daughters says: “Any man will be happy with them because they’ve been raised to

  • The Awakenings Movie Review

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    Samantha Denise Sanchez OT 1-1 Movie Review Ma’am Anne Peggy Obre Movie Critique of “Awakenings” The Writer: Oliver Sacks The Director: Penny Marshall December 12, 1990 The movie “Awakenings” is a story about a doctor's extraordinary work in the Sixties with a group of catatonic patients he finds languishing in a Bronx hospital. Speculating that their rigidity may be akin to an extreme form of Parkinsonism, he seeks permission

  • Theme Of Symbolism In The Swimmer

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    In "The Swimmer" of John Cheever's, the main character named Neddy is a well- known and respected man. However, his neighbors complained about Neddy's hangover and these strange things that he does. Neddy's never cared about a negative thing around him because he doesn't feel like to take any social problems that will affect his current life anymore. He just wants to finish his journey. In the beginning, Neddy's first start of his journey he feels young and enthusiastic, and he greeted with joy with

  • 7 Monologues Of African-America

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    Revolution can manifest itself in many forms, through a person, an action, or even a piece of literature; what all these forms share is the recognition of what came before them is not enough. Often combated by those benefiting from the current state of affairs, the dark side of revolution must be considered when evaluating the risk a revolutionary takes in going against the crowd. Artists Ntozake Shange, Amiri Baraka, and Maya Angelou can all be considered revolutionaries in their own right for the

  • The Beat Generation Analysis

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    most notable movement in the literary stage was the one of The Beats or The Beat Generation . They were a group of bohemian intellectuals and writers who formed an artistic movement that challenged and criticized the dominant culture promoted sexual liberation (including feminism and acceptance of homosexuality), mysticism, drug use, environmental awareness and other themes deemed 'radical' by mainstream society (Enotes.Com). The Beat writers, notably Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, fashioned a

  • Analysis Of Walt Whitman's Poem Song Of Myself

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    In the Poem “Song of Myself”, written by Walt Whitman, Whitman expresses to the audience his religious and spiritual views of the world. Coming from a more mature standpoint because of revising and already understanding his own beliefs, Whitman guides the reader and advices them on what aspects in life to hold dear and how to reach the same form of enlightenment and freedom as he has found. Specifically through nature, understanding, and equality. Similarly, the book “Dharma Bums”, written by Jack

  • Tipping The Velvet Analysis

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    Gender was not assigned at birth as your sex is, it is a learned idea, influenced by generations and traditional ideas, and enforced by the media and cultural stigma. If gender is performance, then it is subject to change at will. Nancy, in that sense, is pushed into becoming a male impersonator on stage because of her love for Kitty. It is

  • Personal Narrative: The Next Right Move

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    The way through the challenge is to get still and ask yourself what is the next right move, not think about what is the next right move and then from that space make the next right move and the next right move, and not to be overwhelmed by it because you know your life is bigger than that one moment you know you're not defined by what somebody says is a failure for you because failure is just there to point you in a different direction. Nothing about my life is lucky, nothing. Lot of grace, a