This is to be a 1,000 word essay dealing with the book On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Over half the essay should be about…Is the phrase, “go moan for man” on page 303, the pearl that Sal has been waiting for? Throughout On the Road, Sal refers to a shrouded white traveler prophet that is seemingly on his trail. In an 1,000 word essay using quotes to give evidence to your claims :1. Argue for the identity of the shrouded traveler 2. State what he represents 3. Who he is
4. Interpret the directive he gives Sal
Example quotes…pg.35 “I pictured myself in a Denver bar that night, with all the gang, and in their eyes I would be strange and ragged and like the Prophet who has walked across the land to bring the dark Word, and the only Word I had was “Wow!””
pg.55 “We were on the roof of America and all we could do was yell, I guess-across the night,eastward over the Plains, where somewhere an old man with the Word, and would arrive any minute and make us silent.”
pg.124 “And I couldn’t even tell if it was a real decision or just a thought I had forgotten. It haunted and flabbergasted me, made me sad. It had to do somewhat with the Shrouded Traveler. Carlo Marx and I once sat down together, knee to knee, in two chairs facing, and I told him a dream I had about a strange Arabian figure that was pursuing me across the desert; that I tried to avoid; that finally overtook me just before I reached the Protective City. “Who is this?” said Carlo. We pondered it. I proposed it was myself, wearing a shroud. That wasn’t it. Something, someone, some spirit was pursuing all of us across teh desert of life and was bound to catch us before we reached heaven.”
pg. 259 “Suddenly I had a vision of Dean, a burning shuddering frightful Angel, palpitating toward me across the road, approaching like a cloud, with enormous speed, pursuing me like the Shrouded Travelerone the Plain, bearing down on me.”
pg.267 “Far up in the purple shades of the rock the was someone walking, walking, but we could not see; maybe that old man with the white hair I had sensed years ago up in the peaks. Zacatecan Jack. But he was coming closer to me, if only ever just behind.”
pg. 303 “In the fall I myself stated back home from Mexico City and one night just over Laredo border in Dilley, Texas, I was standing on the hot road underneath an arc-lamp with the summer moths smashing into it when I heard the sound of footsteps from the darkness beyond, and lo, a tall old man with flowing white hair came clomping by with a pack on his back, and when he saw me as he passed, he said, “Go moan for man,” and clomped on back to his dark. Did this mean that I should at last go on my pilgrimage in foot of the dark roads around America?”
… The essay should also have a couple of lines telling if the book is for the reader, the Beat generation, or for Jack