Big Sur Symbolism, Imagery & Allegory
Sometimes, there’s more to Lit than meets the eye.
The Jesus Stuff, and Other Spiritual Potpourri
Big Sur wouldn't be a Kerouac novel without some veiled references to Jesus, now would it? The first tip-off is the scene that takes place on the creek by Monsanto's cabin. Jack takes deliberate, s...
Every time he's at Big Sur, Jack mentions the mule he names "Alf the Sacred Burro." Alf is a reminder of the spirituality and primitiveness of Big Sur. This wilderness is like a Californian version...
There seem to be an unreasonable number of dead animals in Big Sur. But don't take our word for it:"Your mother wrote and said your cat is dead." (11.1)"Look out there floating in the sea weeds, a...
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