Study Guide

On the Road Characters

By Jack Kerouac

Sal Paradise

Sal clearly makes Dean out to be a hero. A hero of the West, to be more specific. And both his...

Dean Moriarty

Oh, Dean, where do we start? To Sal you are "angel" and "devil," "Shrouded Traveler," "Holy...

Marylou

Marylou is Dean’s first and rather astute wife. She understands Dean and their relationship...

Stan Shephard

Stan is the third leg during Dean and Sal’s adventures in Mexico. It’s not that he...

Camille

Camille is wife #2 for Dean, and the one he ends up with when the book ends, although we...

Carlo Marx

Let’s start with Carlo's name. Karl Marx was a political philosopher in the 1800’s...

Old Bull Lee

Drugs. Lots of drugs. That’s pretty much what comes to mind when we think of Old Bull Lee....

Jane Lee

Jane, or more specifically her relation to Bull, is another example of love, or sex, or...

Remi Boncoeur

Remi’s most interesting appearance is at the end of the text, but to get there we have to...

Lee Ann

Lee Ann is Remi’s girlfriend who is really concerned about money. Sal reveals that...

Inez

Inez is Dean’s third wife. She is excited to meet Dean because he is a cowboy, which may...

Ed Dunkel

Ed is an interesting fellow. He has visions, an odd relationship with Galatea, and he has more...

Victor

Victor seems to be around to illustrate the way Dean makes friends with everyone, regardless of...

Galatea

Galatea is one of these typical On the Road women getting mistreated and loving her husband...

Terry

Terry is Sal’s girlfriend for a little while in the West. Like Sal, she needs...

Chad King

Chad is one of the gang in Denver in Part I, Chapter Six. Chad illustrates the war of factions...

Roland Major

A killjoy member of the gang in Denver, Part I, Chapter Seven. Roland doesn’t like the...

Johnny

Johnny is Terry’s son.

Rickey

Rickey is Terry’s brother and a firm believer of not doing anything today that can be put...

Eddie

The Irish hitchhiker that Sal meets in Part I, Chapter Three. Eddie is the guy that steals...

The Spirit of The West

A laughing cowboy Sal meets on the way to Denver in Part I, Chapter Three.

Montana Slim

A sketchy dude that Sal meets while hitching a ride on the flatbed truck in Part I, Chapter Four....

Mississippi Gene

A nice hitchhiker that Sal meets in Part I, Chapter Four. He takes care of a younger boy.

The Ghost of The Susquehanna

Sal’s name for a little old man in Part I who is a little zany and teaches Sal that the...

Lucille

A woman Sal is thinking of marrying in Part II before Dean shows up and convinces him to go on...

Sal’s Aunt

Yes, she’s Sal’s aunt, and he lives with her for the brief moments when he’s...

Rollo Greb

Dean’s hero. Rollo has a house on Long Island where they all party on New Year’s Eve,...

Hyman Solomon

A Jewish hitchhiker Sal and Dean pick up on the road. He has them drive to Testament.

Slim Gaillard

The "orooni" guy. A musician (drums, vocals) who fascinates Dean. He is also one of the many...

Roy Johnson

Dean and Sal's temporary "chauffer" in San Francisco.

Frankie

The mother of the family Sal brings Dean to stay with in Denver in Part III, Chapter Six. She...

Sam Brady

Dean’s cousin, who used to be Dean’s alcohol and drug hero until he got religion. Sam...

Janet

Frankie’s daughter, and one of the many too-young girls that Dean lusts after and that Sal...

Beverly

A waitress Dean fools around with in Part III, Chapter Eight. Having hung out with her for about...

Ed Wall

As Sal said, this guy used to be "Dean’s older brother." They meet him momentarily in Part...

Henry Glass

The first significant person that Sal meets after abandoning Dean in Part IV, Chapter Two. Henry...

Laura

Sal’s second wife that he marries in Part V. She is supposedly the woman he was always been...

Ray Rawlins

Ray is the brother of Babe Rawlins. He chills out with the gang in Denver.

Babe Rawlins

Babe Rawlins is Ray Rawlins's sister. She chills out with the gang in Denver.