The Portable Beat Reader Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Describe the style of Jack Kerouac. What makes Kerouac's work stand out among the other Beat writers? Discuss Kerouac's approach to narrative.

Essay Topic 2

How did the Beat Generation originate? What key figures began the movement? Where did they meet?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss and describe the world events which directly or indirectly instigated the Beat Generation. How do the members of the Beat Generation view mainstream society? Why?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss the works of Allen Ginsberg. What is his most famous work? What stylistic devices does Ginsberg employ? Use examples in your answer.

Essay Topic 5

Discuss the works of William S. Burroughs. What common subjects and themes does Burroughs revisit? When did Burroughs begin writing?

Essay Topic 6

Describe the Beat icon Neal Cassady. When was he born and when did he die? What was his family like? How did he meet the other Beats? What was...

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