The Beat Generation Essay

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"The one thing that we yearn for in our living days, that makes us sigh and groan and undergo sweet nauseas of all kinds, is the remembrance of some lost bliss that was probably experienced in the womb and can only be reproduced (though we hate to admit it) in death." (Kerouac, Jack. “On the road.”). This quote, from Jack Kerouac’s book On the Road, is a brilliant example of the overall feel of the Beat Generation. Jack Kerouac is one of the most influential writers of the Beat Generation, rivaled only by the likes of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burrough. But what exactly is the Beat Generation? What does it mean? Who of note was involved? When did it take place? The “Beat Generation” is a play on words, implying that the participants …show more content…
The Beat Generation, a highly rebellious and conflict heavy group were invaluable in our countries development, without them America would be a completely different place. It is common knowledge that Jack Kerouac was a key part of the Beat Generation, but why did he matter, what was his most influential work? Born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts to French-speaking parents from the French quarter of Quebec and French was spoken at home, Kerouac was the final of three children (Jack Kerouac). As a result of his upbringing, Kerouac was not a native English speaker; he actually did not learn English until the age of six (Jack Kerouac). Kerouac experienced tragedy at a dreadfully young age, his older brother Gerard died of rheumatic fever when he was four years old (Jack Kerouac). Kerouac and Gerard had grown close during Gerard’s illness, and Gerard’s death left Kerouac feeling exceptionally lost. But the lessons Kerouac learned from Gerard’s death would stay with him forever and shape his future writing, particularly his “reverence for life” (Jack Kerouac). Kerouac actually coined the term Beat Generation in his highly influential book On the Road "They were like the man with the dungeon stone and gloom, rising from the underground, the
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