Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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In the classic film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, two eccentric characters, journalist Raoul Duke and his psychotic attorney Dr. Gonzo travel to Las Vegas on a job and in search of the American dream. Throughout the trip they find themselves in odd situations that one would not normally encounter. Duke and Gonzo’s predicaments could be explained be a wide variety of psychological issues. One psychological concept that is a very large part of Duke and Gonzo’s trip is their excessive drug use. The movie begins with Duke narrating and driving a fire apple red convertible that they rented, in the desert around Bartslow, California. It was then, he stated, the drugs began to take hold. In the first five minutes of the movie Duke opens the trunk of the car, while swatting at bats that weren’t there and does an inventory of the drugs packed in a suit case. The suitcase included “2 bags of grass, 75 pellets of Mescaline, 5 sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, reamers and laughers, one quarter tequila, one quarter rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and 2 dozen amyls” (Fear and Loathing). The serious drug collection they had was to push them as far as they could go. Duke and Gonzo had such a high tolerance to multiple drugs that they could take these large amounts without serious consequences. Every drug they took fell into one of the four major drug classes. Opiates, depressants,

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