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The American Road Trip

Analyzes novles about traveling across America.
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Audra Barber

on 5 May 2010

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Transcript of The American Road Trip

Double click anywhere & add an idea Thesis Statement: Vehicle.... Comrades... Intent.... Modern Day... Influence... Many Americans aren't willing to sit around and wait for life to come to them, but rather they go looking for it. The extraordinary people who write about these experiences can be defined as voyagers, thrill-seekers, nomads, rolling stones, and bums. ****They have all made their own route of discover across America, but they can all agree on one thing; the American road trip is a quintessential part of the American experience. Each author traveled in vastly different modes of transportation. Every vehicle that was traveled in helped set the mood for the trip and defined each author's specific experience. "Great Red Shark" Instilled the feeling of danger "Rocinante" Home away from home; safety "Magic School Bus" Represents rebellion and youth "Thumbing it" Made it possible to interact with other Americans Each author set out to discover certain unattainable
truths about American society and themselves. John Steinbeck was looking to rediscover
his homeland. He felt it was becoming
a stranger to him. He wanted to do this through
interacting with as many locals as he could.
More specifically, he wanted to discover if Americans
still have the urge to travel like he fondly remembers. Bill Bryson had a common goal because he too
was rediscovering America after he had moved back
from England where he lived for 18 years. However,
his specific goal was to find the perfect American
"small town." Hunter S. Thompson searched Las Vegas for the
American Dream. He believed he could discover
what all Americans live for in the heart of the country. John Griffin wanted to find answers to racial discrimination.
He wanted to understand the hard ships of actually
being an African American in a white powered world. None of the authors ultimately found the answers
to their questions. They all discovered more then what
they were looking for. Charley reinforced safety and humor Hunter's lawyer starts controversy Merry Pranksters created defiant nature "His greatest fear is that somone will point out a rabbit and suggest he chase it" -John Steinbeck "You're eiher on the bus or you're off the bus" -Ken Kesey "Unspoken thing" "Cult like" relationship Competition Neal Cassady and the crew "I've been doing all after my life for people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawm or say a common place thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you can see a blue centerlight pop and everybody goes Aww" -Jack Kerouac The American sense of adventure has been deteriorating due to new
sense of fear, lack of trust, and dependency. Hitch hiking is a no no Comfortable SUV to cart around all our useless junk T.V. has taken the place of windows Tranquility of nature is conquered with the latest sound system
and some subs GPS system takes away from the spontaneity of a road trip and
cuts into human interactions Blind to other cultures thanks to the Holiday Inn and Best Western Road trips were in the air... Movements after these road trip novels... Conclusion... We have got to keep road trips alive! It is true that there are many different factors that alter each trip. Our generations road trips won't look like those of our fore fathers but that doesn't mean we should eliminate them! By discovering America in its rawest most natural form we must put aside our enslavement to technology and comfort. The adventurous spirit needs to be revived. Without first hand accounts trips like these won't be able to make influencial movements like they have in the past. Through discovering our country we are discovering a little piece of ourselves and the strangers we like to call neighbors. The American Road Trip. Audra Barber "That, alas, is the way of vacationing nowadays for many people. The whole idea is not to expose yourself to a moment of discomfort or inconvenience --indeed, not to breathe fresh air if possible. When the urge to travel seizes you, you pile into your thirteen-ton tin palace and drive 400 miles across the country, hermetically sealed agaisnt elements, and stop at a campground where you dash to plug into their water supply and electricity so that you don't have to go a single moment with out air-conditioning or dishwasher and microwave facilities." -Bill Bryson "A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has a personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us." -John Steinbeck "When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. However, the sound of a jet, an engine warming up, even the clopping of hooves on pavement brings on the ancient shudder, the dry mouth and vacant eye, the hot palms and the churn of stomach. In other words, once a bum always a bum." -John Steinbeck
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