"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream" by Hunter S. Thompson - Is He A Voice of Our Generation

Essay by xxveronHigh School, 11th gradeA, July 2007

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Hunter S. Thompson covers many issues in his latest novel, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". The first of the many issues in this novel validates the increased availability and use of drugs in our generation. Another issue that was established by Hunter Thompson is the absence of religious authority and respect for values. The final issue deals with the erosion of the American dream, and the failures of society. Through the themes used in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson has proven to be a voice of our generation.

Drugs, the major theme in this novel, have become a major vice of our generation. The entire novel manifests the proliferation or drug abuse in the society. Weed, mescaline, acid, cocaine, amyl, among others represent widely used narcotics in society nowadays. Hunter and his attorney exhibit strong addiction, as they are always high in this novel.

They have maintained a heavy supply of drugs and alcohol to ensure that their mind is never in a rational state.

"We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers…Also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls…But the only thing that worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge…" (Thompson, 4)The characters in this novel use a wide variety of drugs including grass, mescaline, acid, cocaine, uppers, downers, screamers, and laughers. The aforementioned quote shows the characters major addiction to serious drugs. Drugs are a serious issue in this novel primarily because they are...