On the road by Jack Kerouac

At first glance, the novel On The Road and the film The Wall by Pink Floyd seem to have very little in common. The novel is a story about two young men, Sal and Dean, who travel the country in search of good times. The film is about a man, Pink, trapped in his life of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Upon closer inspection though, one can see that there are many common underlying themes. I will attempt to uncover and explain these themes in the context of this paper. I will examine these four themes: life is a battle, Claw your way through this disguise, freedom and just another brick in the wall. I will begin by discussing the first theme: Life Is A Battle. Deans whole life has been a battle. He has never had a place to call home or someone to depend on and take care of him. His father abandoned him and he spent his life searching for him. Dean traveled on railroad cars across the country. He was emotionally unstable. It is debatable as to why. It could have been the heavy drug abuse or a chemical imbalance in his brain. Dean was married to many women, although he was never able to say with these women very long. The story of his life was love em and leave em. The second theme comes from a quote in the song In The Flesh by Pink Floyd. …if youd like to find out whats behind these cold eyes youll have to claw your way through this disguise. All through the novel, Dean tried to be normal. He tried to settle down and marry and raise his multiple children. Each time though, he felt the itch and had to leave. Dean always had a suitcase with him, packed and ready to go…just sitting under the bed. Pink was similar to Dean in some regards. He too was pretending to be someone that he was not. As an adult, Pink was a member of a successful music band. He lived a carefree lifestyle of sex, drugs and alcohol. To all around him, Pin…

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