Jack Kerouac Reshaping The Boundaries Of Freedom Compare The Main Characters From On The Road And Easy Rider

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Reshaping the Boundaries of FreedomThis paper deals with the comparison of the main characters from Jack Kerouac's On the Road and Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider as far as the similarities and differences of their aims, way of life and the period in which they live is concerned.First of all it is suitable to dedicate a few words to the periods of the 20th century the protagonists were living in. The time span of On the Road is three years, starting in 1947, and the film Easy Rider takes place in 1969. In general or roughly said we could say that in the first few years after World War II and, of course, before the war the conformist attitude concerning the way life in the society was implemented. In other words people behaved more or less according to a pattern that had been dictated by a "higher power" (e.g. religion, politicians, movements, tradition). The thing that each of the characters has in common is that they do not live according to the rules of their "habitat", they represent an anti-pole of the traditional, mainstream American society by rejecting its values, putting the phrase "The Land of the Free" into practice and reshaping the boundaries of freedom.Dean's and Sal's realization of this concept is not exactly the same as Billy's and Wyatt's but it is similar, it has a similar nature: To be on the road, travelling vast distances from their present whereabouts to a spontaneously picked destination, using illicit substances, alcohol, having fun, "digging"...

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