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On the Road

Jack Kerouac

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Suggested Essay Topics

Suggested Essay Topics

Suggested Essay Topics

Suggested Essay Topics

How is On the Road written that is different from earlier, more traditional novels? What kind of effect on does this have on traditional plot? Does the form help to express the themes of the novel?

Discuss the theme of race in the novel. Is Sal prejudiced?

Discuss the women in On the Road. What kind of problems do Sal and Dean have with women, and how does this affect their actions?

Is Sal an honest narrator? Are there any inconsistencies in his narration? If so, what effect do they have on the story?

Discuss the theme of jazz music in On the Road. How does jazz music relate to the novel thematically? Formally?

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On the Road (SparkNotes Literature Guide)