Dean Moriarty Essay

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  • Essay on Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Character of Dean Moriarty

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    The Character of Dean Moriarty in On the Road   Part two of Jack Kerouac's novel, On the Road, gives the reader, for the first time, a close look at the character Dean Moriarty. This section of the novel begins when Dean, his ex-wife Marylou, and his friend Ed, meet up with his closer friend, Sal, at Sal's brother's house in Virginia. Sal had not seen Dean for over a year when they suddenly show up on the doorstep. Sal sums up their tale by saying, "So now Dean had come about four thousand miles

  • On the Road: Jack Kerouac's Rejection of the Middle Class American Dream

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    more meaningful, authentic life. He has failed to find authenticity in mainstream society but hopes to find it on society's fringes. In the novel, Sal's search for authenticity begins and ends with his association with Dean Moriarty. His highly charged friendship with Dean Moriarty continues throughout the novel but finally ends with a denouement in Mexico City. In his frenetic search for authenticity, Sal encounters a continuous progression of marginalized people that include not only Dean's friends

  • On The Road Essay

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    in 1922. Kerouac quit school and joined the Merchant Marine, starting the travels which would become ‘On the Road’ his most acclaimed novel. It is said to be an account of Kerouac's ("Sal Paradise’s") travels with Neal Cassady ("Dean Moriarty"). According to Allen Ginsberg, Kerouac typed the first draft of On the Road on a fifty-foot long roll of paper. On the Road gave an outlet of release for the dissatisfied young generation of the late forties and early fifties. And although

  • Narrator's Role in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Kerouac's On The Road

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    disapprove of him. Sal’s reaction to Dean is much more straight-forward. It is revealed that Sal has always had an appetite for adventure and he states that it had always been his intention to travel America but has never experienced the guiding force to make him do it, it is easy to see from this why Sal is so mesmerised to his hero, whose enthusiasm not only drives himself but those around him. This is a sentiment picked up on by O. Swartz, Dean is the novel. Sal could spend his entire

  • Analysis Of Jack Kerouac's On The Road

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    introduction of main characters, Sal Paradise, who had recently separated from his first wife, to Dean Moriarty. Although Sal had long been interested in Dean, it is Dean who comes to Sal, asking him to teach him how to write. Dean’s wife, Marylou returns to Denver, leaving him to bond with Sal over writing, music, and plans to travel west, where Dean is from and Sal has always wanted to go. Although Dean heads west on his own, Sal soon finds the opportunity to follow, when another friend, Remi Boncoeur

  • Jack Kerouac 's On The Road With Sal Paradise

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    thrives on the uncertainties of the road and the people he sees only get passing reactions and glances at him from other people on the road. Throughout his journeys, trouble always finds Paradise like when he gets stuck in the mud in Texas with Dean Moriarty and his girlfriend Marylou (149). Paradise falls asleep after freeing the car and wakes with mud caked and stuck to him. No matter where Paradise goes and what he tries, his past always follows him, his mud sticks to him. Kerouac’s novel’s storyline

  • On the Roads optimism Essay example

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         The influence of Dean Moriarty on the novel, in terms of everything from plot to general tone to the thoughts and dreams of Sal, is immeasurable. Most importantly though, he is the catalyst for much of this blind optimism – for in a sense, he personifies blind optimism. During the long introduction of Dean in the first chapter, Sal shows the vast impression that Dean will have on the tone of the novel: all my New York friends were in their

  • Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Impact of Dean on Sal's Identity

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    Impact of Dean on Sal's Identity in On the Road     In part I, chapter 3 of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Sal arrives at Des Moines and checks into a cheap, dirty motel room. He sleeps all day and awakens in time to witness the setting sun. As he looks around the unfamiliar room, Sal realizes that he doesn't understand his own identity. Identity lost, he states "I was half way across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future." He has lost the calming

  • Jack Kerouac's On The Road Essay

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    Jack Kerouac's On The Road Jack Kerouac is considered a legend in history as one of America's best and foremost Beat Generation authors. The term "Beat" or "Beatnic" refers to the spontaneous and wandering way of life for some people during the period of postwar America, that seemed to be induced by jazz and drug-induced visions. "On the Road" was one such experience of Beatnic lifestyle through the eyes and heart of Jack Kerouac. It was a time when America was rebuilding after WW I. Describing

  • Women And Women In Jack Kerouac's On The Road

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    Road, women are objectified and sexualized by the men in the story. Sal, Dean and other male characters use descriptive language to portray a woman’s looks and demeaning language to characterize the women they encounter. The men also disregard any feelings that the women have while also ignoring any positive qualities they may have. The two women who are the main victims in this novel are Marylou and Camille, and Dean Moriarty is the source of the majority of the mistreatment. To begin, I would