D. Sal Paradise As A Picaro Analysis

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D. Sal Paradise as a Picaro-Would-Be Salvatore Paradise is the narrator of the novel and the doppelganger of Jack Kerouac. Sal cannot be the same kind of Beatnic picaro with Dean since he can’t stand being lonely. As a picaro-to-be-hero, Sal needs Dean’s partnership in his transitional period because life seems meaningless without Dean: “Where Dean? Where everybody? Where life?” (Kerouac 97). Whereas Dean has no stable job or has nothing to do except travelling, Sal is becoming a writer and is determined to finish college. Sal accumulates experiences, stocks up feelings and emotions and put them into words as he returns to New York after each expedition to the heart of America. In the eyes of Sal, their life has become “the senseless nightmare road” (231) representing that the concept of being on the road is a metaphor to sum up their life style. Sal has always dreamed of the West, and Dean is the personification of that dream. When he starts his first journey in the novel, he observes himself in a distinct period of time: “I was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel…. I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future, ...” (Kerouac 15-16). In addition, Sal spends his time at jazz parties with girls and with Dean and then they are hitting the road to another western destination,…show more content…
Mexico which is attributed as ‘The Promised Land’, ‘heaven’, or ‘utopia’ becomes Sal’s biggest disillusionment. As they are crossing the borders of the United States, they become real ‘outsiders.’ Now, they are in the territory which is not familiar to them. They aware that Mexico is the end of the road. Dean is no more a guide to the promised land on the grounds that he abondons Sal who has fever and gets into a serious dysentry. Sal does not surprise since he justifies that Dean is a con-man and this is an expected behavior from
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