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Road Trips In Literature: Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas And Travels With Charlie

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Road trips are known to be fun adventures. When someone says they are going on a road trip people expect them to go and see amazing places and then come back. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck and On the Road by Jack Kerouac are about road trips but these trips are not about the adventure. Duke from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Sal from On the Road and Steinbeck from Travels with Charley all go on road trips because of the American drive. I am also on the road and even thought it is not road trips I am moving around and it is because of the American drive. The American drive is the need to go and to be on the move and it started ...view middle of the document...

Would they have been able to keep the money they made? Probably not, they would have lost it somehow. There are many instances where Gonzo leaves but than he comes back. He has the need to be on the move just like Duke. That is the American drive. The need to be on the move looking for something and in Duke’s case it was money. He thought money would lead to happiness. In the end even though he did not get what he wanted he was in a different place than when he started the journey.
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck is a travelogue about his journey through America. Steinbeck lived all over the world and so when he came back to America he was shocked. America had changed and he was not happy with what he saw. He believed that technology had taken over and so “it was that I determined to look again, to try to rediscover this monster land”(16). He wanted to rediscover America so he could be content with where he was living. He went on this journey but than he came back. He meet different kinds of people and some of them wanted to take advantage of the opportunities America had to offer but others did not. He himself did not find the old America. He found the new America and he was lost but in the end he seemed content with that. He ends his travelogue with “And that’s how the traveler came home again”(326). Steinbeck had the American drive. He was not happy with his current situation and he went on a journey to try to fix it. He was lost when he came home and he had to ask a police officer for help but it was because he did not know what to do. He was in shock because he thought that he didn’t achieve what he wanted but he did in a way. He wanted to be okay with the situation of America and he was. When he came home it seemed like he was content.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac is a story about Sal’s journey. He is always on the road traveling from New Jersey to California. He does make stops on the road and each stop is a different experience. He decides to go on his journey because of his friend Dean and because he isn’t happy where he is now. He wanted to go on the trip not only “because I was a writer and needed new experiences that I wanted to know Dean more, and because my life hanging around the campus had reached the completion of its cycle and was stultified, but because, somehow, in spite of our difference in character, he reminded me of some long-lost brother”(7). He...

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