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The Beat Generation by Jack Clellon Holmes

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  1. Holmes characterizes the beat generation in various facets
  2. The other important facet that Holmes uses to characterize the beats generation is their ?instinctive individuality?
  3. Holmes contrasts the Beats generation with the Lost Generation

The article ?This is the Beat Generation? by Jack Clellon Holmes talks about a young Californian girl who was arrested for using illegal drugs. Holmes creates a picture of a young and very adorable girl who could only be deemed and viewed as a criminal through what he refers to as ?an enormous effort of righteousness (Holmespar 1). While refereeing to the young girl's face on a magazine cover, Holmes states that ?Its only complaint seemed to be: 'why don't people leave us alone?'?. On this basis, he deduced that the young girl's face on the magazine cover was the face of the Beat Generation. This gives the generation a face and some form of personal freedom to do what they desire without worrying out any social constraints. In the article, beats are people who go broke and wager their resources in a single number.

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