Throughout the novel, Dean races from journey to journey and pulls other people along, including the novel's protagonist, Sal Paradise. Dean's various fixations include drugs, women, intellectualism and finally, his father and family life. He is a womanizer who lives for "kicks" with both men and women — he frequently has group sex with male and female partners, including friend Carlo Marx (analogous to Allen Ginsberg). His main romantic connections in the book are Camille, his wife and mother of his two children, and Mary Lou, a sexually voracious 16-year-old girl who accompanies him and Sal on their cross-country journey. Eventually, Camille divorces him. Sal last sees him standing on a corner in New York City, alone but free, and shares a brief but meaningful exchange with him before moving on.
In other media
Dean Moriaty is also a character in the Disney TV show Wizards Of Waverly Place
American Folk-Rock band Aztec Two-Step featured a track entitled "The Persecution & Restoration of Dean Moriarty (On the Road)" on their self-titled debut album.
- Bignell, Paul (July 29, 2007). "On the Road (uncensored). Discovered: Kerouac "cuts"". The Independent. Retrieved 2007-08-02.
- Comparing Dean Moriarty to Neal Cassady
- Lyrics to the Aztec Two-Step song "The Persecution & Restoration of Dean Moriarty (On the Road)"
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