Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas | Study Guide

Hunter S. Thompson

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fear-and-loathing-in-las-vegas-hunter-s-thompsonRaoul Duke, Part 1, Chapter 2ed be fools not to ride this strange torpedo all the way out to the end.Sources: The Atlantic, Biography.com, Rolling Stone Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Neutrogena SoapStands for skewed drug logic and American excessReptilesSymbolize Dukes anxiety about mainstream societyConvertiblesRepresent pursuit of the American dreamSymbolsDukes attorney, road trip companion, and partner in drug use; bounces from one self-created crisis to another in Las Vegas but lives a professional life in Los AngelesDr. GonzoEccentric, constantly intoxicated journalist and Thompsons alter ego; feels disillusioned by the cynical turn of 1970s culture in contrast with the hope and idealism of the 1960sRaoul DukeMain CharactersThompson is best known as the creator of gonzo journalism, a style of writing that favors essential truth over factual reporting. He spent much of his career commenting on how cultural and political issues are representative of the American dreams decline, a defining theme in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.HUNTER S. THOMPSON19372005AuthorThe American dream has been broken by greed, consumerism, and corruption.American DreamThe cynicism and oppression of the 1970s replaced 1960s hope and idealism.Politics & Culture ClashOnce a rebellion, drug use in the 1970s becomes a self-indulgent nightmare.Drug Use & EffectsJournalist Raoul Duke and his attorney travel to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race. Along the way, they indulge in a plethora of drugs and wreak havoc on the locals while Duke contemplates his place in the rapidly changing climate of American culture.American Drug TripTHEMESEnglishOriginal Language1971Year PublishedHunter S. ThompsonAuthorFear and Loathing in Las VegasSatireNovel

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