Essay Comparing Kerouac's On The Road And Big Sur

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William S. Burroughs's Naked Lunch (1959) and Jack Kerouac's On the Road (1957) are among the best known examples of Beat literature. Jack Kerouac was an American writer best known for the novel On the Road, which became an American classic, during the Beat Generation in the 1950s. He also wrote other books and among them were The Dharma Bums, The Subterranean and Big Sur. Jack Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts, as the youngest of three children in a Franco-American family. And he died at the age of forty-seven in St. Petersburg, Florida. William S. Burroughs was another American best known for Naked Lunch (1959). He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 5, 1914, to the son of the founder of the Burroughs Adding Machine Co. He is considered to be an innovative artist of the…show more content…
Other similarity between these books were insanity, however On The Road talked about insanity as good and Big Sur talked about insanity as bad. For instance, he quote this in, On The Road, “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” (I.1.12). This quote means that Another quote that illustrate on insanity from the book, Big Sur is when Kerouac quoted, “In August a horrible development took place, huge blasts of frightening gale like wind came pouring into the canyon making all the trees roar with a really frightening intensity that sometimes built up to a booming war of trees that shook the cabin and woke you up -- And was in fact one of the things that contributed to my mad fit.” (6.5). This quote means

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