Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thomson

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Las Vegas is a place where a lot can be gained but a lot can be lost. Everything that happens there is based on luck. If you are feeling lucky Vegas might be the option for you. Vegas is a place for risk takers and gamblers and for people trying to achieve something. In Hunter S. Thompson’s novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Duke and Gonzo take a road trip to Vegas. Drugs and alcohol were prominent in the main characters’ journey and the substances were used to show Duke and Gonzo escape from life, their path to find the American Dream and to bring out the truth of the drug culture in America. Drugs and alcohol can be used as a depressant or as a stimuli but one thing is certain is that they help forget who you are and what you are doing in life. They keep you away from thinking. Duke and Gonzo were afraid of thinking. They did not like where their lives were headed so they did drugs and got drunk. Ether is a drug they used and one the main advantages of it is that it “makes you behave like the village drunkard in some early Irish novel... total loss of all basic motor skills: blurred vision, no balance, numb tongue – severance of all connection between the body and the brain” (19). This drug allowed them to stop thinking about their life. It cuts the connection and your body is just floating and that is it. They are so afraid of the future that they do not want to think about it. The drugs and alcohol also keep themselves from feeling. Duke wondered what would happen

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