The original hobo dream was best expressed in a lovely little poem mentioned by Dwight Goddard in his Buddhist Bible: The hobo is born of pride, having nothing to do with a community but with himself and other hobos and maybe a dog.
Benjamin Franklin was like a hobo in Pennsylvania; he walked through Philly with three big rolls under his arms and a Massachusetts halfpenny on his hat. He goes on to discuss the hobo as a kind of cultural icon, and he recalls a time when "children danced around the hobo, he wore huge and raggy clothes Cemeteries are associated with death and endings, and for Kerouac the ideal of the American hobo was coming to an end so it is only fitting that they seek refuge in a place built for death.
Kerouac informs readers that it is "due to the increase in police surveillance of highways, railroad yards, sea shores, river bottoms, embankments and the thousand-and-one hiding holes of the industrial night. This discrepancy parallels that of the one between searching for the American Dream and simply living.
In America camping is considered a healthy sport for Boy Scouts but a crime for mature men who have made it their vocation.
But today mothers hold tight to their children when the hobo passes through town because of what newspapers made the hobo to be -- the rapist, the strangler, child-eater. In America there has always been you will notice the peculiarly Whitmanesque tone of this poem, probably written by old Goddard a definite special idea of footwalking freedom going back to the days of Jim Bridger and Johnny Appleseed and carried on today by a vanishing group of hardy old timers still seen sometimes waiting in a desert highway for a short bus ride into town for panhandling or work and grub, or wandering the Eastern part of the country hitting Salvation Armies and moving on from town to town and state to state toward the eventual doom of big-city skid rows when their feet give out.
But in Paris you can be a bum -- in Paris bums are treated with great respect and are rarely refused a few francs.
A dreary book, but well I got another book in my pack. Oh for this one rare occurrence Gladly would I give ten thousand pieces of gold! Henry Miller would allow the hobos to swim in his swimming pool. Kerouac correlates the decline of American freedom and individuality with the downturn of the freedom of the American hobo.
Kerouac cites his literary efforts as his separation from the true hobos along with the fact that he still had hope for other things beyond simply getting by.
The Jet Age is crucifying the hobo because how can he hop a freight jet? He discusses how the hobo citing many individuals who helped shape America as well as modern society. That is, walking the land and diving into life and Nature firsthand used to be a very commonplace and natural thing to do.
The historical individualism hued from the Western frontier movement capped this process. Once a hobo loses his pride he becomes a bum.
This difference for Kerouac is that of pride. He claims that "in America there has always beenFeb 21, · In Kerouac's short story, "The Vanishing American Hobo," the concept presented is not only that the American hobo is a waning breed, but that the culture and intelligence responsible for the foundation of our country is disappearing with it.
Jack Kerouac: "The Vanishing American Hobo" Eremitism in the United States evolved from a combination of thought and wilderness experience. Feb 21, · The American Hobo as a Symbol In Jack Kerouac’s “the Vanishing American Hobo” he discusses the image of himself as a hobo as well as the image of the hobo itself.
Kerouac cites his literary efforts as his separation from the true hobos along with the fact that he still had hope for other things beyond simply getting by. Nov 16, · The American Hobo has a hard time hoboing nowadays due to the increase in police surveillance of highways, railroad yards, sea shores, river bottoms, embankments and the thousand-and-one hiding holes of the industrial night.
-- In California, the pack rat, the original old type who goes walking from town to town with. (Kerouac, ) So states Jack Kerouac in The Vanishing American Hobo. Kerouac's essay is about the loss of Americans' personal freedoms and individuality. The hobo is not a conformist, but an individual-someone who does not appear to be like the rest of society.
The Vanishing American Hobo By Kerouac Jack Kerouac When initially venturing to find the perfect person for this report, I first looked at some very interesting people.
I found most of these interesting people were, at second glance, not so fascinating.Download