"We blew it"
"If they have failed to be truly countercultural, the road now mirrors their failure with images of technology's own failure to fulfill its ideological promise of improving society: here it seems more like a contamination" (p.77, Laderman). This film represents so much and has so much symbolism and irony that I am not quite sure where to begin. Firstly though, I just have to mention that together both Billy and Wyatt truely represent future conservative, patriarchal, white supremist society as they are able to simply take off on their bikes to travel which is something both dangerous and impossible for women and other minority groups and when they arrive at Madam Tinkertoys they treat women like the rest of society does, like objects of personal pleasure. Perhaps this is what Wyatt is getting at when he makes his near the end quote but it is obvious that Billy never comprehends any of these things. Billy does not seem to be on a journey of himself but rather on some quick road trip to satisfy his enjoyment of the opposite sex. Billy is an opressed man who revolts by oppressing others and these characteristics are evident and blatant in nearly every case of him meeting new people. He pokes fun of the hippie hitchhiker and his friends and threatens George in the jail cell (placing fear in others to ultimately have the upper hand) and criticizes the people and things that do not represent him which is a complete diservice to the counterculture that he is supposed to be. The journey to find (north)America was ironic because in reality they were smack dab in the middle of it the entire time! The journey for 'America' is different for each person because no group of people truely want the same thing nor can they agree. America is constantly at war with eachother to prove who is right and who is wrong and in the mean time they are contaminating minds. Drugs are also used in this movie and in the lyrics of songs for temporary escape and also for reflection and they bring out the truth like when the men are around the campfire talking. The drugs they use are artificial and poisoning to the find though just like their conservative society and perhaps they solve a problem for the time being but they can become addictive and harmful if relied on.