Nothing Behind Me Everything On The Road

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Jack Kerouac was born March 12, 1922 to a French family in Lowell Massachusetts. French was the first language he learned and then English when he entered grade school. He appeared to have a somewhat troubled youth, at age four his older brother died. This had deep effect on him and his family, his father became a struggling alcoholic who couldn’t keep himself together, and his mother became a devout Christian. She instilled this deep faith into him, she was very important to him. He claims that god had spoken to him during a confession when he was six years old, this would later steer his work. Kerouac went on through school normally, he eventually earned a scholarship to play football at Columbia University. He was forced to quit because of injuries and indifference between him and the coach, after this he promptly…show more content…
They just let their thoughts flow onto the page. Kerouac’s most famous novel, “On the Road” was written in this style where Kerouac found a quick burst of inspiration and ran with it. Here is a quote from the book, “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” Kerouac challenged society by not following the normal path in life. HE dropped out of high school, was practically kicked out of the military and just traveled around the U.S. and Mexico writing. The quote from On the Road shows his philosophy, his life was in front of him he was not going to turn around and waste time thinking about the past. It should come as little surprise that Kerouac helped inspoire the hippie movement that occurred in the U.S. throughout the 60’s and 70’s. Kerouac worried about things that mattered at the moment. For a group of people that had been through WWII, the Korean war, and the Vietnam war he provided a way of thinking where they did not have to reminisce on their troubled
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