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The lives and views of the outsiders in society is something that can be overlooked in literature In writing focused on outsidersthe writer may not be writing from the position of someone outside the bounds of society simply having not experienced life in this context This is not the case with the writer Jack Kerouac whose life is one situated on the fringes of society Through his unconventional styles of writing Kerouac brings the existence of an outsider himself to life Two such examples of this are the novels On the Road and The Dharma Bums in which Kerouac tells the stories of men that desire a life inconsistent of societal demands Through representation of himself Kerouac gives a truthful personal look at the lives outsiders lead by showing the lifestyle choices that are made by the main characters A voice is given to a misrepresented group of people allowing others in society to look within themselves and perhaps learn something from examining an alternative way of living Lifestyle is a defining factor in determining if someone is indeed a societal outsider The choice of behaviour and thoughts that are not considered normal or right lead a person to be cast aside and misunderstood Sal Paradise the main character in On the Road chooses to live his life as he wanted as opposed to what someone else told him Money holds no importance to Paradise so career wise he chooses to be a writer It does not supply much money yet writing was something that brings happiness The pursuit of happiness plays a key role in decision making Paradise went on four cross-country journeys which allowed him to experience life in different ways In explanation of his decision Paradise said it
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