what is the last paragraph of On The Road by Jack Kerouac?
- 1 decade agoBest Answer
"So in America when the sun goes down and I sit on the old broken-down river pier watching the long, long skies over New Jersey and sense all that raw land that rolls in one unbelievable huge bulge over to the West Coast, and all that road going, and all the people dreaming in the immensity of it, and in Iowa I know by now the children must be crying in the land where they let the children cry, and tonight the stars'll be out, and don't you know that God is Pooh Bear? the evening star must be drooping and shedding her sparkler dims on the prairie, which is just before the coming of complete night that blesses the earth, darkens all the rivers, cups the peaks and folds the final shore in, and nobody, nobody knows what's going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rags of growing old, I think of Dean Moriarty, I even think of Old Dean Moriarty the father we never found, I think of Dean Moriarty."
As incredible today as it was in 1957...pure Kerouac.
- GailLv 44 years ago
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Ok, I just grabbed my copy and read it. The para starting: "So in American when the sun goes down ..." and ending "I think of Dean Moriarty". Maybe I am very literal, but to me, saying "I think of Dean Moriarty" seems to be referring to Dean. The paragraph itself it talking about America, and Dean as the soul or embodiment of the American spirit.