Essay on Beat Movement In Relation To On The Road

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The Beat Movement started out in the late 40’s and continued for another decade, it would later evolve into the Hippie Movement. Many of the things that the Hippies believed in the Beats also held to be true. The Beats had a great lack of respect for authority and traditional American values. They would attempt to convince people that this was the way to live life and to reject the way that they used to live. The Beat Movement was mostly comprised of authors, artists, and musicians. The members would attempt to influence and enlighten other people through their writings and music, but their ideas had to come from somewhere, and this was where their greatest problem came from. Members of the Beat Movement continually abused both drugs …show more content…
Here were the children of the American bop night.” (On The Road, pg 241)
In the jazz clubs people were free to express themselves however they wanted; whether that expression was through drinking, racial mixing, the art and free form of jazz or even experimenting sexually. Yet before the time of the Beat Movement, only alcoholics in America would indulge in excessive drinking; but the Beats basically made that a cornerstone of their society. “Americans are always drinking in crossroads saloons on Sunday afternoon; they bring the kids; they grabble and drawl over brews; everything’s fine. Come nightfall the kids start crying and the parents are drunk. They go weaving back to the house.” (On The Road, pg 92)
Before this quote both Sal and Ponzo were out buying and