The course that was most popular at universities in the USA in 1967.
The 'discussion' (conversations) and thoughts raised in a society about issues, ideas, etc. This 'discussion' is often filtered through the media, but can also be developed through the language we use.
Ways in which individuals create arguments.
To have sex with both Elaine and Mrs Robinson
So very different from what his parents wanted. The safety and security of a university degree, leading to a job within a specified industry with room for growth and profit, the means to an end, to replicate the parent's journey was NOT what Ben wanted. He wanted something different. Something that he felt connected to, such as his relationship with Elaine, which was based on truth and honesty, and in stark contrast to the secrecy within the older generation's relationships. To make his own way.
To just be on his own.
"I'm not sure"
"Thinking about what I will do next"
"I'm just drifting"
"Passing time before I meet Elaine"
Having an urge to "find oneself"
Reinventing American culture
Having arisen from middle class suburbanites, the counter culture believed that material prosperity and safety did not guarantee them happiness.
Reacting to what they see as an "adventure deficit" in American culture
Wanting to work in industry, often in "plastics"