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On the Road

On the Road


by Jack Kerouac


Character Analysis

Galatea is one of these typical On the Road women getting mistreated and loving her husband anyway. What’s most interesting about Galatea is the way that Sal sees her, or rather the evolution of the way that he sees her. We think the first thing Sal says of her is that she's a "tenacious loser." The good news is the only place to go from "tenacious loser" is up. Sal soon recognizes her as a person. He feels bad for her, acknowledges the value of her love for Ed, and calls the man a saint for going back to her.

Galatea Timeline