Who or What is the ‘Shrouded Stranger’?

During my Kerouac & Ginsberg course, I investigated the mysterious “Shrouded Stranger,” a recurring image in Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” from 1957.

“The Stranger seems to be an integral part of the larger beatnik philosophy. In the murky depths of your struggles, you can find yourself. Your experiences of reality and the paranormal, and how you choose to relate them, can shape your beliefs and goals.”

Relinquishing the Self

In my American Literature class, I analyzed John Woolman’s abolitionist efforts prior to the Civil War.

“His experience as a public speaker and teacher allowed him to develop a method of dialog with slave owners that was constructive rather than accusatory and that contained a logic that was easy to understand.”