Part One, Chapters 1–2: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Sal Paradise: the narrator of the story

Dean Moriarty: a young man who travels to New York from New Mexico and later becomes Sal’s great friend

Chad King: Sal’s friend in New York

Carlo Marx: another New York friend of Sal’s

Marylou: Dean Moriarty’s girlfriend

Elmer Hassel: a friend of Sal’s and a drug dealer

Sal’s Aunt: owner of the house where Sal lives in New Jersey

Remi Boncoeur: Sal’s friend, a merchant seaman in San Francisco

Roy Johnson: a friend of Sal’s from Denver who lives in San Francisco

In 1947, Sal Paradise, a recently divorced student and writer...

(The entire section is 795 words.)