On The Road A Formalist Look

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On The RoadThe story of On the Road is about a black hobo during the depression trying to find somewhere to sleep for the night. In the story we find many symbols and underline meanings dealing with the social aspects of the depression years. I believe that this story dealt mainly with the civil rights movement and will cover that aspect in this paper.First we will look at the character of Sargeant he is the black hobo in the story. The author calls him a big black man I think that Sargeant the way he is described in the book as being a strong and big black man that he is supposed to represent all black people. I say that because during the time of the civil rights movement the black people were becoming a strong force to be reckoned with.Next is the setting they never really say were exactly the story takes place but as the reader you assume it is the somewhere in the south. We assume this because the white people even the Reverend is not at all nice to Sargeant. The plot of the story is that Sargeant walks around in the snow trying to get in somewhere to sleep for the night he goes to the Reverend and he turns him away. Then he goes to the church and starts trying to break down the door as he just gets the door broken cops come and start beating him. Sargeant defiantly holds on to the pillars of the church...

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