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Jack Kerouac is the first to explore the world of the wandering hoboes in his novel On the Road He created a world that shows the lives and motivations of this culture he himself named the Beats Kerouac saw the beats as people who rebel against everything accepted to gain freedom and expression Although he has been highly criticized for his lack of writing skills he made a novel that is both realistic and enjoyable to read He has a complete disregard for developed of plot or characters yet his descriptions are incredible Kerouacs novel On the Road defined the post World War II generation known as the beatsThe motivation behind the beat movement was their thirst for freedom They desired freedom from almost everything we take for granted today Central to the beat writers though little noticed is the desperate flight from the lower middle class life and its culture of anxiety Jack Kerouac Contemporary Literary Criticism Vol 14 305 The beats also had trouble dealing with the social aspects of living In both On The Road and The Dharma Bums this fugue or flight is portrayed on the realistic level as an attempt to escape from an intolerable personal or social situation Freied 253 They couldnt deal with the values and expectations of society These men and women reject existing social values largely through misunderstanding them in the social sense they are infantile perversely negative or indifferent Baro 281 Sometimes it was theirselves they needed to escape from Freied states Kerouacs hoboes are seeking escape- escape not only from the threats of a hostile society but escape from their own inadequate personalities and unsatisfactory human relationships 295 What most of the need for escape amounts to is an outlet from life Their much touted ideal of freedom is in reality a freedom from life itself especially from rational adult life with its welter of consequences and obligations Vopat 304 Vopat also says Kerouacs
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