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Beat Generation

Josh Finley March 5th, 2015 The Beat Generation cannot be adequately characterized by a single theme or philosophy. Their influences came from a wide array of personalized experiences immersed in historical and political revolutions and communicated through individual creativity. The literary work of Beat writers inspired a generation of “hipsters” to attempt elusion of a “square” lifestyle fixated on conformity and conventionalism, for which, in the Beat’s opinion, was ultimately contributing...

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The Beat Generation

woe unto those who think that the Beat Generation means crime, delinquency, immorality, amorality ... woe unto those who attack it on the grounds that they simply don’t understand history and the yearning of human souls ... woe in fact unto those who those who make evil movies about the Beat Generation where innocent housewives are raped by beatniks! ... woe unto those who spit on the Beat Generation, the wind’ll blow it back. -- Jack Kerouac The Beat Generation or “Beatness”, if you will, has...

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Beat Generation

Guadalupe Alejandre Professor K. Cunningham English 100 1 April 2014 Beat Generation: Keeping Women in the Shadows Gender roles and objectification of women has always been an issue in America even in today’s society. Gender roles are the social and behavioral “norms” that are appropriate for a man or a woman. Objectification is often heard when talking about women, and it is when something or someone is treated as an object rather than a human being. In On the Road by Jack Kerouac is a great...

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The Hippie Movement and the Beat Movemnt

How the Hippies got hip with the beat of the Beat Movement Jack Kerouac once said, “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars” (Kerouac 5). Kerouac was the symbol of the Beat Movement. He was the rebellious and adventurous man, who during his time was...

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Spawn of the Beats

The Beat Goes On The Beat generation of the mid twentieth century produced a culture that had a lasting effect on generations to come. In the decades following the 1950s, the Beats successors, or ‘spawn’, ranged from authors to musicians. These artists were greatly influenced by the Beat’s writings and performances, as well as by spending time with the very Beats themselves. Bob Dylan, a spawn, credited much of his early work to his readings of the Beats and his relationship with Allen Ginsberg...

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Beat Generation

Beats and Their Poetry The "Beat Movement" in modern literature has become an important period in the history of literature and society in America. By incorporating influences such as jazz, art, literature, philosophy and religion, the beat writers created a new and prophetic vision of modern life and changed the way a generation of people saw the world. That generation has aged and its representative voices are slowly becoming lost to eternity, but the message is alive and well. The Beats have...

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Cultural and Historical Background of Allen Ginsberg’s 'Howl'

vulgar and pure come together as one. In this paper I will research how the themes in “Howl” correlate directly with issues in society, and Ginsberg’s personal struggles during the time the poem was written and published, the development of the Beat generation, and lastly the impact his poetry had on society. Allen Ginsberg’s upbringing significantly makes up the issues explored in his writing. His parents Louis and Naomi Ginsberg, like him were litterateurs and activist during their time; they...

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Allen Ginsberg "America"

Ginsberg and his friends were crazy and were always in and out of trouble. This group of friends soon became known as the beat generation poets Ginsberg is credited with being the first beat poet. “Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs found inspiration in jazz music and the culture that surrounded it” (PBS). They supported drug use and used it for inspiration. The beat generation wanted something different from society. They were sick of the same old rules and everyone doing what they were supposed...

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initially used to describe beatniks who had moved into San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. Both the words "hip" and "hep" came from African American culture and denote "awareness".[1] The early hippies inherited the countercultural values of the Beat Generation, created their own communities, listened to psychedelic rock, embraced the sexual revolution, and some used drugs such as cannabis, LSD and psychedelic mushrooms to explore altered states of consciousness. Hippies who questioned authority and...

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daphnia experiment

Introduction In this experiment I aim to find out if caffeine has an effect on the heart rate of daphnia. Daphnia are water fleas that have a sort of heart that we can see in magnification. We can count the number of heart beats in a minute of a regular daphnia and try and get a new one with the same specifications as the old one that may have died. It is also a good idea to get a new one as we want to see how much it affects it from ordinary instead of adding the caffeine one after another...

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