The Question and Answer section for On the Road is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Sal's first impression of Dean is that he is eccentric, not quite as bright as he'd like people to think he is, and a bit crazy. He also find him interesting.
Are you referring to "The Road" or "On the Road"?
To everyone except for Sal, Dean is a failure. On the Road is Sal's story, though, and his attempt to make everyone else understand in what way Dean is a hero. In fact, to Sal, Dean is more than a hero: Sal sees something saintlike about...