Essay on A Comparison of On the Road and Crying of Lot 49

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In both Jack Kerouac’s, On the Road, and Thomas Pynchon’s Crying of Lot 49 the characters act in a deviant manner outside of social norms. This in turn leads to a deviant sub-cultural group which competes with the institutionalized authorities for power. Deviance in both novels is usually defined as a certain type of behaviour, such as an inebriated professor babbling on in a lecture hall filled with students or a group of teenagers frolicking naked in a city park on a hot and sunny afternoon. However, deviance can also encompass both ideas and attributes (Sagarin, 1975). The primary understanding of deviance rests in the reactions of observers, something becomes deviant because an individual, group or society takes offense and reacts …show more content…
and other individuals who find themselves alienated by a society they aren’t willingly wishing to belong. According to John Dugdale:

The Crying of Lot 49 groups these separate alienated persons together, by positing the existence of an organization which unites those who have withdrawn from `the machinery of the Republic’. It focuses on the contribution to the extension of the public domain of the state and capitalist control of information and communication. In the fable of the Tristero postal network, it figures this monopoly through the `official government delivery system’ which seeks to eliminate the `private carriers’, those who communicate in an
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