This section provides a short description of all the major characters in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.
Paul Hobbes - He is the protagonist, and is also a thinly veiled portrayal of the novel's author, John Clellon Holmes.
Kathryn Hobbes - A woman of twenty-eight, about three years her husband's elder, she is from a working class family and feels a little intimidated by the well-educated young people among whom she and her husband circulate.
Gene Pasternak - The best friend of Paul Hobbes in the book; he is a fictional version of the real-life novelist, Jack Kerouac.
David Stofsky - He is a poet, and a fictional...
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