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On the Road - Jack Kerouac, 1957

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  1. Stereotypes
  2. The acceptance of alternative cultures

"On the Road", by Jack Kerouac, is a powerful novel about a group of friends who travel throughout the United States and go through various adventures. They represent a group of people who are always on the move, never willing to commit to anything, and live life with passion and recklessness. In thinking about such individuals, one would expect them to be uneducated and unaware of any culture. This, however, was not the case, and Dean, Sal, as well as their friends were interested in learning new things such as history, art, and literature. This should not be overlooked because it diminishes the stereotype that many individuals may already have of men like Sal and Dean. Upon reading this novel, we realize that people are much more complex and interesting when their lives are analyzed closely.

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