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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.

[...] This drove them to loneliness and facilitated the development of individuality traits.Holmes also characterizes the beats generation as one that is ?with a greater facility for entertaining ideas than for believing in them? par 10. Unlike the previous generations that focused more on believing in new ideas, the beats generation was quite receptive of any new idea. They did not fight new ideas that they encountered in the course of their lives even in the instance where they seemed to conflict with their own believes and lifestyles. However, they rarely believed in these ideas. [...]


[...] He characterizes the beats as people with the desiredto live their lives to the fullest even if it meant going against the American dream. My contrasting the two generations and sousing various facets of the generation, he is able to portray the beats as people who are receptive of ideas but socially irresponsible. They replaced material wealth with pleasure and the social norms with their own individualconventions. Works Cited Holmes, John. Beat Generation.?New York Times 16 November 1952. Print. Shakespeare, James. [...]

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