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What is the climax of the book On the Road?

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The climax of the novel is Dean and Sal's wild excursion to Mexico City. It seems like they have found something alive and vital there. Sal says, "We wandered in a frenzy and in a dream." All of Mexico seems full of the kind of life and bohemian atmosphere that they have been searching for, and they abandon themselves to find its pleasures and secrets, such as the "closet-size bars" that line the streets. Sal remarks on the way that the street life in Mexico never stops and the way in which no one he sees around him is inhibited. It seems like they have reached the zenith of the bohemian, free life they are seeking.

However, Sal suddenly develops a fever and becomes...

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