On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Topics: On the Road, Dean Moriarty, Sal Paradise Pages: 3 (1363 words) Published: April 29, 2013
     “Inspite of our difference in character, he reminded me of some long lost brother.” (10). The fictional book, “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac is about two good friends Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty from the beat generation which are people’s stereotype in 1950’s and early 60’s to people who experiments in drugs, wears black, and explores jazz; traveled from east to west and Mexico in search for ecstasy and jazz. Although these characters; Sal and Dean, get along well they also have a lot of difference than similarities when it comes to their family’s role in their lives especially their fathers, and the way they treat and value their woman.      First, Sal and Dean have completely different ideas of being on the road, but Dean kind of became a tool to make Sal’s trip of traveling happen. “With the coming of Dean Moriarty began the part of my life you could call my life on the road. Before that I’d often dreamed of going West to see the country, always vaguely planning and never taking off”. According to Sal, he was also encouraged by Dean Moriarty, the perfect guy to travel along with, to go West then eventually to East and Mexico because Dean was actually born on the road and therefore used to the places they’re going to and have more experience than him when it comes to traveling. Sal’s idea of being on the road was also because he wanted to know Dean Moriarty better as a person not just because he’s planning to write a book about him but also build a good friendship with him, and surprisingly they became best friends that they never thought would happen. Dean Moriarty I can tell is an easy-go-lucky type of person he just travel for no apparent reason, but just to benefit his self with drugs and of course jazz, at one point at their trip searched for his father, and along with his life on the road are the girls who he built some kind of a relationship with. Dean just go with everything that can possibly happen with his life on the road and deal with it...
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