On the Road and White Noise
The texts, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, and White Noise by Dan Delillo, have in one way or another addressed the matter of how to live an ‘authentic’ life. We see character change how they appear, live life at the margins of society, and even commit attempted murder in attempts to really ‘live’. With reference to two of the novels we have read discuss how the problem(s) of living an authentic life are represented. What kinds of lifestyles or actions do the characters attempt? Are they successful? Is authenticity even possible for the characters in these texts?