Outline For On The Road

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Central Idea: Jack Kerouac's On the Road shows how one should live life impulsively in a world based on repetition, because life is too short to not have fun and experience new things.

Thesis: Kerouac shows the importance of living life spontaneously through the character development, the style of writing, and the various symbols found throughout the work.

Outline I. Steinbeck shows migration through California through his character's development in The Grapes of Wrath.

A. Through Tom Joad Steinbeck shows that one can redeem himself even if he has murdered someone.

1. Tom's purpose a. Help the family get food b. Live normally 2. Tom's feelings a. Live life one day at a time b. Better the future for his family 3. Migration a. Traveling with family b. Meeting people he knows on the way (eg. Priest) B. Ma Joad also shows a strong maternal bonding between not only her and her son but also the rest of the family.

1. Ma Joad's purpose a. Strengthening the bond between the family b. Leading the family when in trouble 2. Ma Joad's attitude a. Trying to be a "good college boy" b. His admiration of Dean 3. Ma Joad's triumphs a. Told her daughter to breast feed a man starving to death b. Goes on the Cali Desert and carries her dead mother as to not slow the others down.

C. All the family members and other people connected to the Joad family also contribute to the theme.

1. The priest's description of the baptism 2. Grandma a. Ma Joad's dies after Granpa b. Widowed 3. Grandpa Founder of the Joad farm 4. Rose of Sharon Her baby is born while migrating II. Steinbeck's Kerouac's style and structure of writing compliment the theme of living life spontaneously as well as...