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Kerouac writing for himself?

Posted to WritersAndGenres

I'm writing a big research paper for my english class about Kerouac's body of work. No one can deny that all of Kerouac's writing is autobiographical. It seems to me that while Kerouac's works contains social criticism and great stories (he is beatnik personified), he is mainly writing to try to figure out his own life. All his life consisted of trying to find what he wanted; love, religion, happiness. This idea also makes sense when you consider the Duluoz Legend, it seems like Kerouac wanted to have everything figured out and wrapped up in a neat little package. What do you think about this idea?