The Dharma Bums - Chapter 29 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 29 Summary

The party continues for several days, slowing in the late hours and then intensifying again on the following day. Ray and Japhy become bored with the party, and the two pack their equipment and sneak away to hike. They walk along and have a prolonged discussion about philosophy and about how the East will meet the West. Japhy envisions his impending trip to Japan. They hike for many hours, and when they sleep Ray dreams of Japhy.

Chapter 29 Analysis

Most of Chapter Twenty-Nine is a descriptive narrative of hiking interspersed with philosophical talk. It becomes apparent that Ray has indeed reached a new state of development in his outlook on life. Instead of being Japhy's pupil, he is now Japhy's philosophical equal. It is particularly interesting to note the change in tone and writing style present in this chapter compared with the tone and style of earlier...

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