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"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

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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 a major problem in our generation. Drugs have revolutionized life itself through the multiple impacts they have had. Drugs are excessively used in our modern day society, and have seemed to be mans solution to everything; whether it is depression, pain, sorrow, or search of good times; people turn to drugs."People aged 18 to 21 were most likely to admit to having taken drugs, with almost half (46%) claiming to have taken them. Half of the population of America has tried marijuana and most are currently on it still. 1 out of 4 Americans between the age of 26 and 34 have used cocaine in their lifetime. Ecstasy-related emergency room incidents increased nationwide from 250 in 1994, to 637 in 1997, to 1,142 in 1998, to 2,850 in 1999. " (http://www.drug-statistics.com)The aforementioned statistics prove that drugs are a commonly used substance, and are a major vice in our society. Forty-six percent of people aged 18-21 have claimed to having taken drugs at least once in their lifetime. That is a remarkably large number, considering all the warnings children receive about drugs. Although forty-six percent of people aged 18-21 have claimed to use drugs, this digit may be considerably lower than...

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