Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty, Carlo Marx, Marylou, Ed Dunkel, Galatea Dunkel, Remi Boncoeur, Lee Ann, Sal's Aunt, Chad King, Tim Gray, Roland Major, Camille, The Rawlinses, Rita Bettencourt, Old Bull Lee, Elmer Hassel, Jane Lee, Lucille, Denver D. Doll, Terry, Rickey, Ponzo, Johnny, Hingham, Slim Gaillard, Roy Johnson, Inez, Stan Shephard, Victor
Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.
Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.
Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).
Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.
1950s - A Changing America: The Emergence of a Separate and Definable Youth Culture (the restless and idealistic Beat Generation)
The American Dream: Sal's Journey for Happiness and Meaning
Search for Religion/Fall from Grace
Disillusionment & Non-Conformity: Fighting Conventional Falsehoods of Suburban Life (materialism, prosperity)
Improvisation: A Way of Life Free from Constraints (references to poetry and jazz)
Stream of Consciousness Narration -- A Challenge to Traditional Prose
The American Landscape: The Road Trip Across America (regionalism and diversity)
Journey vs. Destination: Living Every Day
The Reckless Craze for Sex (and sexuality), Drugs, Alcohol, Women, Music
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