How does Sal feel about the industrialization of modern America?
This question immediately makes me think about Sal’s trip to the
Mississippi river. Though he could see his river, his vision was impaired
by a chain link fence. Sal see first hand the effect of industrialization
in America and is definitely not partial to it. At the same time, he sees
the extreme loneliness that is spawned from not industrializing. The vast
emptiness of the West and the Mid-West is all the more reason for building
up and giving the people more to do.
To Sal there is an internal battle
between desire and necessity.
Why is Sal continually drawn to the west? What is the difference of
East and West with Sal?
East is drab, full of intellectuals, and, to Sal boring. The West is
untamed and new, Dean being the spirit. With Dean’s temptation of the West,
Sal becomes bored with his intellectual friends. So he goes west to see
this curious land and has a change in perspective. Once he is in the West,
the East is “brown and holy” and the West is empty.
How is the reader supposed to interpret Deans actions? In what light
is he to be shown?
At first Dean is described as a wild and immature westerner that has
infiltrated New York’s finest. He is “the spirit of the west” as Sal puts
it and acts like it. Throughout the novel, Dean is portrayed as the person
that Sal wants to be and Sal loves him. (By the way, there has been some
speculation that Dean and Sal are gay). By the end of the novel, about the
time Sal wakes up in Mexico, Sal sees that Dean is not only sexist, but a
jerk for leaving Sal alone.
In what ways do Dean and Sal have problems with women?
Dean is womanizer.
He goes through 3 wives and who knows how many
flings in about 3 years. He just stays with them for a little while and
then takes off with Sal. This causes Dean’s wives to divorce. Sal on the
other hand loses women because of lack of desire and opportunity. He has to
leave Terry and go back to New York but she never finds him like she said
she would. Lucille is a not a very good choice because she is married.
won’t even talk about his chance encounter with the waitress that was
nothing but fling.
Would Sal have been able to go on all of his travels if his aunt had
not been so supportive?
In Sal’s first trip Sal’s aunt send him money so he could get home. If
Sal’s aunt wasn’t so able to send the money, Sal most likely would not have
had such a good feeling about all his other trips and he would have had a
much hard time getting home. He would have known that if he got stranded,
no one would help him out. .