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- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Hunter S. Thompson
- Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and the American Dream
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
City upon a Hill: The Puritans 3. The s 4. The s 5. Kennedy 5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 6. Las Vegas 7. Gonzo in Las Vegas. Searching for the American Dream 9. This thesis examines Hunter S. In order to do so there will be first given a quick introduction to the constituent parts of the concept of the American Dream and the influence of the first Puritan settlers on them.
Then, a comparison between the s and the s shows the change of values in American society during these two decades and tries to explain the increasing degree of disillusion, violence and paranoia which had a determining influence on the American Dream of the late Sixties and early Seventies when Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was published. The concept of the American Dream is hard to grasp. Mainly, because the concept of the American Dream does not exist.
Although most people claim to be able to define the American Dream it always turns out that there are considerable variations if not complete contradictions in their statements. It seems almost impossible to pin down the essence of the American Dream in one clear statement or definition.
Even if one just concentrates on the most obvious basic ideals represented by the American Dream, one cannot ignore the variety of aspects and the various possibilities of interpretation that lie even within them: freedom, equality, prosperousness, chance, new-beginning, opportunity, advancement, spontaneity, purity, individual fulfillment, unity and diversity, to name only a few.
And it may be just this variety of content which makes the American Dream so successful — its paradoxical essence. Accordingly, the concept of the American Dream concerns almost every single aspect of American society. Still, there are of course various approaches that try to define this complex and diffuse concept and to get to its essence. For all his annoyance of some aspects which — to his mind — have been attributed incorrectly to the American Dream, Adams presumes that the quintessential conditions for the fulfillment of the promises the American Dream has given over the last centuries are still existent in the United States.
He claims that the repressive class structures of other, older nations makes a full development of people towards becoming better persons, with better moral values, impossible. No, the American dream that has lured tens of millions of all nations to our shores in the past century has not been a dream of merely material plenty, though that has doubtless counted heavily.
It has been much more than that. It has been a dream of being able to grow to fullest development as man and woman, unhampered by the barriers which had slowly been erected in older civilizations, unrepressed by social orders which had developed for the benefit of classes rather than for the simple human being of any and every class.
And that dream has been realized more fully in actual life here than anywhere else, though very imperfectly even among ourselves. In regard this future, Adams demands that his fellow Americans must not only focus on economical improvement but that they need to strive for an improvement of inner values:.
If the dream is not to prove possible of fulfillment, we might as well become stark realists, become once more class-conscious, and struggle as individuals or classes against one another. We cannot become a great democracy by giving ourselves up as individuals to selfishness, physical comfort, and cheap amusements.
The very foundation of the American dream of a better and richer life for all is that all, in varying degrees, shall be capable of wanting to share in it Adams Peter Freese 94 ff. The first and most important constitutive element to him is the notion that everything advances, i. As a consequence the second fundamental aspect of the American Dream is the firm belief in success: people can reach whatever they aim for, if only they put enough effort into it.
Equal opportunity for all. There is no such thing as predestined unhappiness; if somebody is willing to improve, and willing to work hard for it, he will succeed. The third belief which constitutes the American Dream according to Freese is based on the Puritan belief that God has selected them as his chosen people, a notion that was later transferred to the entire country and its inhabitants. Freese refers to this concept as the belief in manifest destiny. It establishes a certain self-perception which puts the American people on top of the world order:.
The Superpower. The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. One nation under God. Champions of democracy Fyfe The idea of frontiers that need to be reached and overcome is the fourth vital aspect in the interpretation of the American Dream.
Freese Fossum and John K. The myth of a new-beginning in a land of endless possibilities and the promise of reformation that this notion contains can be traced back to the Puritans.
Success and moral virtues, and the progress following from that; the belief in a manifest destiny and the task to reach and overcome frontiers, i. There have been utopian images of El Dorado, the golden country, presumed to be in South America, or of a new Atlantis, the legendary island; of the Shakespearean brave new world. Protesting against what they considered to be a too lax and too degenerated interpretation of religious duties and a depraved way of life, they saw the opportunity to start a new life in America, with a clean record, undisturbed from the sinful and bad influences of the old country.
America consequently was seen as the future of devout mankind, the chance for redemption, the Promised Land. It was a new beginning in a new country, on a new continent in the west. This is the theoretical foundation for the notion of the New Beginning which constitutes part of the American Dream. Also, the Puritans felt that it was upon them to prove to God that the human race was worth saving. Its destiny was in their hands.
If they failed in their endeavors not only they were going to be lost, but so was the rest of the world. This makes the matter of surviving the first years on the new continent not only a question of personal interest for the pilgrims: it put considerable pressure upon them to prove themselves worthy of the grace of God.
The effect of this pressure has two sides to it: a material and a spiritual. Principally, because of the original sin, the soul of every man is condemned and will have to suffer throughout life and death. The ultimate supremacy and authority of God wills his followers into a humble and obedient existence. During his life on earth, man has to fulfill certain tasks and duties which have been imposed on him by God. Yet, he can try to mitigate the doomed fate by living an exemplary life, both spiritually and economically.
The Puritans followed their religious conviction that working hard and striving for success was a way to praise God, to please him and to live according to his will. Their firm belief was that this would increase the glory of God on earth.
Thus, leading a successful life was considered as a road to salvation, and thus the notion of success through hard work and profit is implanted into the American Dream.
But, the striving for success had to be combined with a high set of moral values in order to avert a sinful and depraved way of life. Asceticism, contemplation and prayer added to the glorification of God. It is necessary Should they fail, their failure too would radiate outward, and the human race would know that a divine opportunity had been lost, that a chance for progress toward God had been missed.
Baritz In this sermon, Winthrop preached to his fellow settlers that. The eies of all people are uppon Us, soe that if wee shall deale falsely with our god in this worke wee have undertaken, and soe cause him to withdrawe his present help from us, wee shall be made a story and a by-word through the world. Winthrop wanted the pilgrims to set a moral example to the rest of the world.
The concept of a universal enemy was worked out plainly through the propaganda of the Cold War. The world had two super powers emerging from the war: the Soviet Union and the United States. The general feeling was a fear of losing freedom to communism.
The Truman Doctrine of emphasized the need to defend freedom against slavery which would befall the American people if they did not defend their moral values and rights Foner But it was exactly this defensive attitude and the fear of giving in to the alleged communist plan to take over the world that forced the United States into a rigid system of distrust towards new development and new ideas.
Additionally, the fear of a recurrence of inflation and mass unemployment, which American society had lived through after World War I, created an atmosphere of intolerance towards anything strange or unknown. Civil liberties were restricted for anyone who was deemed communist. Conformity was patriotic, diversity a threat. There was either friend or foe. Also, this much conjured up freedom did not include African-Americans or other ethnic minorities in the United States.
After the republican Senator from Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy, had declared in February of that he knew of more than communists working for the state department, an unprecedented sense of hysteria and paranoia spread through the country. Civil rights organizations were considered suspicious because of their liberal attitude. Under his presidency from to Dwight D.
Citizens fought against their discrimination with bus boycotts for example in Montgomery, Alabama and sit-ins the first one noticed nationwide took place in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The news coverage of these non-violent forms of protest via television for the first time turned the nationwide attention to the segregation through southern Jim Crow laws as well as to those individuals who stood up to fight against it, most notably Martin Luther King Finzsch This was the beginning of the movement of a counterculture that would develop to its full extent in the Sixties.
Other developments of emancipation concerned the rights of women and homosexuals. Burroughs — intellectually challenged the conformity and the consumerism which prevailed. By the mid-Fifties they slowly found their audience in students and young people who rejected the conservative values of their parents and longed to fill the inner emptiness.
They felt the need to overcome their alienation from the materialistic thinking society. Hence, the end of the Fifties saw an America that superficially lived in an anonymous suburban bliss of conformity while under the surface people organized themselves — despite repression and persecution — in order to overcome social injustice and discrimination.
They fought for redemption of the promises the American Dream had given about equality and freedom. American students in the beginning of the s were said to become ideal employees of whom the future employers, and consequently the whole older generation, would not have to expect anything out of order or extravagant Anderson How did this rigid compliance to rules dictated by society on the one hand and this upholding of freedom on the other hand go together?
It seems to be a complex delimitation against the states belonging to the Eastern bloc compared to which the United States aspired to present themselves as the moral example, the proverbial city upon a hill Anderson 5 that guaranteed freedom from the communistic uniformity, while at the same time this delimitation did not allow individual freedom or extravagant behavior within American society. The Sixties brought a change to that attitude; during this decade the counterculture celebrated the delimitation from the older generation and the freedom of difference and diversity within America.
The idea was to give a moral example by showing tolerance and establishing a world without a fixed concept of an enemy. To rebel against the presentation of the world in black and white, against the unquestioned premise that America was always right, against the self-conception of the United States as the World Police.
Hunter S. Thompson
Thompson , illustrated by Ralph Steadman. The story follows its protagonist, Raoul Duke , and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo , as they descend on Las Vegas to chase the American Dream through a drug-induced haze, all the while ruminating on the failure of the s countercultural movement. The work is Thompson's most famous book, and is noted for its lurid descriptions of illegal drug use and its early retrospective on the culture of the s. Its popularization of Thompson's highly subjective blend of fact and fiction has become known as gonzo journalism.
He first rose to prominence with the publication of Hell's Angels , a book for which he spent a year living and riding with the Hells Angels motorcycle club to write a first-hand account of the lives and experiences of its members. In , he wrote an unconventional magazine feature titled " The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved " for Scanlan's Monthly , which both raised his profile and established him as a writer with counterculture credibility. It also set him on a path to establishing his own subgenre of New Journalism that he called "Gonzo", which was essentially an ongoing experiment in which the writer becomes a central figure and even a participant in the events of the narrative. Thompson remains best known for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , a book first serialized in Rolling Stone in which he grapples with the implications of what he considered the failure of the s counterculture movement. The Doonesbury cartoon character Uncle Duke — who was modeled after Thompson — pens an essay about "my shoplifting conviction" titled "Fear and Loathing at Macy's Menswear", a reference to Thompson's book. Politically minded, Thompson ran unsuccessfully for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado , in on the Freak Power ticket. He became well known for his dislike of Richard Nixon , who he claimed represented "that dark, venal, and incurably violent side of the American character".
The basic synopsis revolves around journalist Raoul Duke Hunter S. Thompson and his attorney, Dr. However, they soon abandon their work and begin experimenting with a variety of recreational drugs, such as LSD, ether, cocaine, alcohol, mescaline, and cannabis. This leads to a series of bizarre hallucinogenic trips, during which they destroy hotel rooms, wreck cars, and have visions of anthropomorphic desert animals, all the while ruminating on the decline of culture in a city of insanity. Gonzo were based.
Semantic Scholar extracted view of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" by H. Thompson.
Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and the American Dream
Rolling Stone has posted the original version on its web site. The 23, word manuscript famously begins:. We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. What are these goddamn animals? Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture?
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Понятно, домой он так и не ушел и теперь в панике пытается что-то внушить Хейлу. Она понимала, что это больше не имеет значения: Хейл и без того знал все, что можно было знать. Мне нужно доложить об этом Стратмору, - подумала она, - и как можно скорее. ГЛАВА 38 Хейл остановился в центре комнаты и пристально посмотрел на Сьюзан. - Что случилось, Сью. У тебя ужасный вид. Сьюзан подавила поднимающуюся волну страха.
- Что он ищет? - Мгновение он испытывал неловкость, всматриваясь в экран, а потом принял решение. Хейл достаточно понимал язык программирования Лимбо, чтобы знать, что он очень похож на языки Си и Паскаль, которые были его стихией. Убедившись еще раз, что Сьюзан и Стратмор продолжают разговаривать, Хейл начал импровизировать. Введя несколько модифицированных команд на языке Паскаль, он нажал команду ВОЗВРАТ. Окно местоположения Следопыта откликнулось именно так, как он рассчитывал. ОТОЗВАТЬ СЛЕДОПЫТА. Он быстро нажал Да.
Выключите ТРАНСТЕКСТ! - потребовала. Остановка поисков ключа Цифровой крепости высвободила бы достаточно энергии для срабатывания дверных замков. - Успокойся, Сьюзан, - сказал Стратмор, положив руку ей на плечо. Это умиротворяющее прикосновение вывело Сьюзан из оцепенения. Внезапно она вспомнила, зачем искала Стратмора, и повернулась к. - Коммандер. Северная Дакота - это Грег Хейл.
Я в этом уверена. - Она подошла вплотную к окну. Бринкерхофф почувствовал, как его тело покрывается холодным. Мидж продолжала читать. Мгновение спустя она удовлетворенно вскрикнула: - Я так и знала. Он это сделал.
Я должен добраться до ангара. Интересно, увидит ли пилот лирджета, что он подъезжает. Есть ли у него оружие.
Джабба обильно полил приправой кусок пирога на тарелке. - Что-что. - Как это тебе нравится. Он аккуратно размазал приправу кончиком салфетки.
О принципе Бергофского Сьюзан узнала еще в самом начале своей карьеры. Это был краеугольный камень метода грубой силы. Именно этим принципом вдохновлялся Стратмор, приступая к созданию ТРАНСТЕКСТА.
КОД ОШИБКИ 22 Сьюзан нахмурилась и снова посмотрела в справочник. То, что она увидела, казалось лишенным всякого смысла. 22: РУЧНОЕ ОТКЛЮЧЕНИЕ ГЛАВА 35 Беккер в шоке смотрел на Росио.