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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

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    to do . At the begging of the novel, he had life of a regular writer from New York, who only dreamed about wild adventures but could not act. Everything changes then moment he meets Dean Moriarty. Even though Dean was a con-man, in Sal’s eyes he was “the holy con-man with shining mind” (5) - a hero. One could call Dean a trickster from picaresque stories, who doesn’t follow social rules and morals, and tricks others in order to survive. However, he didn’t steal to get rich. Sal admired

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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

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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

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    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

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    Place And Road

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    In this essay, three aspects of place and space will be discussed: the desire for place and space; the corruption of place and space as well as the lack of place and space. Space is the unlimited extend in an expanse, and a place is a specific part of space. In Kerouac’s work On the Road, the writer seeks to express the desire of American youth of his time for freedom through place and space. Moreover, Kerouac presents the lack of place and space through the narrator’s own dissatisfaction to demonstrate

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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

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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

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    Sal Paradise

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    man who is seeking a way to escape responsibilities he has in his life. Sal finds his way out in a man named Dean Moriarty, an independent man who lives a carefree life on the road without any responsibilities as he travels to new places in search of new “kicks” (Kerouac). Sal begins to idolize Dean’s way of life and quickly adopts it as his own and sets out on the road. Sal follows Dean looking to him for guidance, and much like a child adopts the views and personality of their parents until they

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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

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