Essay Topic 1
Discuss the ethics and philosophies of the Beat Generation as illustrated in the novel Big Sur.
Essay Topic 2
Define the term "Roman a clef." Is this a style, genre, or form? Why is it used? How does it apply to Big Sur?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the defining elements of Kerouac's style. How does he approach grammatical rules? In what time frame did he complete his works?
Essay Topic 4
Describe the character of Jack Duluoz in Big Sur. What are his principle characteristics? What are his objectives and obstacles in the plot?
Essay Topic 5
Discuss the theme of "man and nature" in Big Sur. What symbols and motifs are used to illustrate this theme?
Essay Topic 6
Discuss the theme of alcohol addiction and delirium tremens in Big Sur. Which character struggles with this and what is his journey?
Essay Topic 7
Discuss the theme of "faded glory" in...
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