Dean Moriarty

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Dean Moriarty is one of the protagonists in Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road. Dean Moriarty is based upon the Beat generation writer Neal Cassady.[1]

Character overview[edit]

Dean is born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grows up in Colorado. His father is an alcoholic hobo who abandons the family when Dean is a child; Dean searches for his father for many years, to no avail.

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[edit]

In the film adaptation of the book, Dean is played by Garrett Hedlund.

Dean Moriaty is also a character in the Disney TV show Wizards Of Waverly Place

On the TV show Lost, Benjamin Linus uses Dean Moriarty as an alias.

The character Dean Winchester on the TV show Supernatural is named after Dean Moriarty. His brother Sam is named after Sal Paradise, the narrator of On The Road.

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bignell, Paul (July 29, 2007). "On the Road (uncensored). Discovered: Kerouac "cuts"". The Independent. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 

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